Veterinary Technician
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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 2020 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 explore the range of activities carried out in companion and large animal practices, animal shelters, research facilities, zoos or wildlife facilities. Through in-class theory and simulations, combined with clinical experience in our veterinary teaching hospital, 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 analyzing laboratory samples, preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery, induction and monitoring of anesthesia, assisting in medical and surgical procedures, providing specialized nursing care, producing diagnostic radiographs and performing dentistry.

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

Career opportunities

Graduates may find a range of occupations as a member of a veterinary health care team, including employment in veterinary hospitals, pharmaceutical sales, diagnostic labs, research facilities, zoos, animal shelters, 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 is required within four weeks of beginning the program. 

Courses

Program-specific 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 1007 - Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • VETC 1013 - Animal Nursing 1
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • VETC 1014 - Veterinary Radiography 1
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • VETC 1016 - Veterinary Pharmacology 1
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • VETC 1018 - Veterinary Lab Techniques 2
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • VETC 2019 - Veterinary Office Practices
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • VETC 1019 - Field Placement 1
    (Semester 2 / 160 hours)
  • VETC 2002 - Animal Diseases
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • VETC 2011 - Animal Nursing 2
    (Semester 3 / 70 hours)
  • VETC 2012 - Veterinary Anesthesia 1
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • VETC 2014 - Veterinary Radiography 2
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • VETC 2018 - Veterinary Surgical Techniques 1
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • VETC 2023 - Veterinary Dentistry 1
    (Semester 3 / 28 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 2020 - Veterinary Pharmacology 2
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • VETC 2024 - Veterinary Dentistry 2
    (Semester 4 / 56 hours)
  • VETC 2025 - Alternatives to Companion Animals
    (Semester 4 / 70 hours)
  • VETC 2022 - Field Placement 2
    (Semester 4 / 160 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)