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General information

Program code
VETN
Duration
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
2 Field Placements
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Orillia

Program description

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.

Career opportunities

Graduates will find a range of occupations as a member of the Veterinary Health Care Team, including employment in veterinary hospitals, clinics, zoos, animal shelters, pharmaceutical sales, diagnostic labs, kennels, grooming facilities, racetracks, livestock health management or food animal inspections.

Admission information

Admission requirements

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)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Selection Process

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.

Admission details

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.

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • VETC 1002 - Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 1 (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • VETC 1003 - Introduction to Veterinary Technology (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • VETC 1009 - Animal Husbandry and Handling (Semester 1 / 70 hours)
  • VETC 1017 - Veterinary Lab Techniques 1 (Semester 1 / 70 hours)
  • VETC 2003 - Companion Animal Nutrition (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • VETC 2015 - Veterinary Anesthesia 2 (Semester 4 / 84 hours)
  • VETC 2016 - Veterinary Surgical Techniques 2 (Semester 4 / 84 hours)
  • VETC 2017 - Veterinary Dentistry (Semester 4 / 70 hours)
  • VETC 2021 - Alternatives to Companion Animals (Semester 4 / 70 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 3)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 4)

  • VETC 1013 - Animal Nursing 1 (Semester 2)
  • VETC 1014 - Veterinary Radiography 1 (Semester 2)
  • VETC 1016 - Veterinary Pharmacology 1 (Semester 2)
  • VETC 1018 - Veterinary Lab Techniques 2 (Semester 2)
  • VETC 2019 - Veterinary Office Practices (Semester 2)
  • VETC 1019 - Field Placement 1 (Semester 2)
  • VETC 2011 - Animal Nursing 2 (Semester 3)
  • VETC 2012 - Veterinary Anesthesia 1 (Semester 3)
  • VETC 2014 - Veterinary Radiography 2 (Semester 3)
  • VETC 2018 - Veterinary Surgical Techniques 1 (Semester 3)
  • VETC 2020 - Pharmacology 2 (Semester 3)
  • VETC 2022 - Field Placement 2 (Semester 4)