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Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Ontario College Diploma

What is Veterinary Technician?

This program provides an opportunity for students to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be an integral member of a veterinary health care team. Students will explore the range of activities carried out in companion and/or large animal practices, animal shelters, biomedical facilities, zoos or wildlife facilities. Through in- class theory and simulations, combined with actual clinical experience in local facilities, students learn to care for and handle animals, understand the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and carry out routine laboratory and clinical procedures. Typical activities include obtaining and recording patient histories, collecting and/or processing specimens, preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery, assisting in medical and surgical procedures, providing specialized nursing care, taking and developing x-rays.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
VETN
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
4 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Location:
Orillia
Start:

Fall - Orillia

Contact:
Casey Wilson
Email:
Casey.Wilson@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1444

This program provides an opportunity for students to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be an integral member of a veterinary health care team. Students will explore the range of activities carried out in companion and/or large animal practices, animal shelters, biomedical facilities, zoos or wildlife facilities. Through in- class theory and simulations, combined with actual clinical experience in local facilities, students learn to care for and handle animals, understand the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and carry out routine laboratory and clinical procedures. Typical activities include obtaining and recording patient histories, collecting and/or processing specimens, preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery, assisting in medical and surgical procedures, providing specialized nursing care, taking and developing x-rays.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • provide humane, ethical medical care for a variety of animal species, within the scope of the regulations, laws and statutes governing animals and the profession


  • develop an awareness of the scope of legislation governing the humane and appropriate use of animals in hospitals, shelters, research facilities, food production, and responsible ownership


  • understand the role of professional associations and memberships, regarding the advancement of the Veterinary Technician both professionally and personally


  • practice correct methods of treatment when handling, medicating, or nursing an animal under care, or while influencing care


  • practice professional standards while conducting an array of veterinary procedures independently or under the supervision of a veterinarian in a variety of medical or laboratory settings


  • establish and achieve appropriate standards for meeting the housing and nutritional needs of animals under care


  • restrain and manage companion animals in clinical situations


  • perform basic patient examinations and accurately document data on vital signs


  • collect and process samples for diagnostic laboratory work


  • perform common veterinary diagnostic tests such as blood chemistries, differentials, sensitivities, parasite load assays and EKGs


  • prepare pharmaceuticals as prescribed by a veterinarian


  • administer medications or treatments by common drug routes or application techniques


  • maintain and prepare anesthetic delivery systems for various species and agents


  • induce anesthesia, monitor patients under anesthesia, and document observations


  • prepare and maintain the surgical area ensuring adequate cleanliness or asepsis is achieved


  • assist during surgical procedures, maintaining aseptic techniques


  • perform dental prophylactic procedures on dogs and cats


  • take and produce standard diagnostic radiographs


  • use computer assistance to document and detail client, inventory, procedure or historical information for future reference


  • function effectively as a member of the multi-disciplinary Veterinary Health Care Team, by understanding and respecting the duties, responsibilities, obligations and limitations of each position


  • work independently to support the clinic/facility while respecting the range and limitations of activities permitted under current legislation governing auxiliary workers


  • establish and supervise the duties and activities commonly carried out by the Clinic Assistant, Receptionist, volunteers and other auxiliary staff as required


  • communicate for the purpose of educating, directing, leading and supporting clients, peers, clinicians and the public regarding the veterinary profession and the role of the technician


  • practice consistently high standards of professionalism while advising, instructing or informing clients and co-workers


  • advocate for the Veterinary Technician as a professional within a health care setting according to Association standards and bylaws


  • participate in lifelong learning activities to ensure currency and credibility in the industry


  • use computer-mediated opportunities to promote the Veterinary Technician locally and internationally


  • communicate clearly and effectively orally, in writing, or through electronic means


  • practice competent, responsible problem solving, decision-making and self- management skills that will enhance the working environment of all members of the Veterinary Health Care Team


  • use systematic, logical problem solving approaches to create appropriate, supportable solutions in a Veterinary Health Care setting


  • design, implement and follow up on projects within acceptable time frames, by using foresight and initiative


  • seek and generate alternatives for more efficient work activities and routines


  • contribute effectively to the Health Care Team by demonstrating awareness of the major duties and responsibilities of the members in order to maximize benefits to clients and patients and the facility


  • practice professionalism by presenting positive attitudes and actions at all times.
Fall Intake - Orillia

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

Georgian College is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the

Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. Georgian College graduates are eligible to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam and apply for Registered Veterinary Technician status in Ontario. Georgian College is accredited by the Canadian Council on Animal Care as a 'Good Animal Practice' facility. Georgian College is a charter member of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technician Educators.

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

- Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)

- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP4C or MCT4C), or any Grade 12 University Math; plus Grade 11 College or Grade 11 or 12 University Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U, SBI4U); plus Grade 12 College Chemistry or Grade 11 or 12 University Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C, SCH4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics, and biology and chemistry courses taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*

- Equivalent courses in English and mathematics, and biology and chemistry taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and mathematics, and biology and chemistry

- Mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology and chemistry that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology and chemistry

- English, Literature or Communication and mathematics credit courses and most biology and chemistry credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

- If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology and chemistry that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Please note that this is a highly competitive program. Recommended minimum grade in required courses is 75%.

21 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses

2 Field Placements

Applicants are required to complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Examination as part

of the selection process. This test measures reading comprehension, spelling, natural sciences and verbal/non-verbal reasoning. Scores from this test as well as academic grades are used to determine acceptance. Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on the results of their testing and their academic background.

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

VETC1002 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 1
VETC1003 Introduction to Veterinary Technology
VETC1007 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 2
VETC1009 Animal Husbandry and Handling
VETC1013 Animal Nursing 1
VETC1014 Veterinary Radiography 1
VETC1016 Veterinary Pharmacology 1
VETC1017 Veterinary Lab Techniques 1
VETC1018 Veterinary Lab Techniques 2
VETC2002 Animal Diseases
VETC2003 Companion Animal Nutrition
VETC2011 Animal Nursing 2
VETC2012 Veterinary Anesthesia 1
VETC2014 Veterinary Radiography 2
VETC2015 Veterinary Anesthesia 2
VETC2016 Veterinary Surgical Techniques 2
VETC2017 Veterinary Dentistry
VETC2018 Veterinary Surgical Techniques 1
VETC2019 Veterinary Office Practices
VETC2020 Pharmacology 2
VETC2021 Alternatives to Companion Animals
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list
Field Placements
VETC1019 Field Placement 1
VETC2022 Field Placement 2

Proof of pre-exposure rabies vaccination in the form of a blood antibody titre is required at the student's expense before beginning the program. Consult your physician for details.

Practical Experience

Students benefit from experience in our on-campus veterinary hospital, as well as unpaid clinical placements in professional veterinary environments. This experience reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career paths, improves human relations and communication skills and promotes personal and professional maturity.

Uniformed Veterinary Technician Chris Slik and his dog, Skyla

Chris Slik

Registered Veterinary Technician and Practice Manager, Elmvale Veterinary Hospital

Program:

Veterinary Technician

Year:

2005


As a Registered Veterinary Technician, I provide many of the same services to a veterinary clinic that a registered nurse does for a hospital or doctor’s office. The best part of my job is knowing that I’ve made an animal’s life better. Read more...

Uniformed Veterinary Technician Chris Slik and his dog, Skyla

Chris Slik

Registered Veterinary Technician and Practice Manager, Elmvale Veterinary Hospital

Program:

Veterinary Technician

Year:

2005


As a Registered Veterinary Technician, I provide many of the same services to a veterinary clinic that a registered nurse does for a hospital or doctor’s office. The best part of my job is knowing that I’ve made an animal’s life better. Read more...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Casey Wilson
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1444

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