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General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 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.

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)

Admission details

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%.

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.


View the Veterinary Technician/non-coop articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • VETC1002 Veterinary Anatomy And Physiol
  • VETC1003 Intro To Veterinary Technology
  • VETC1007 Veterinary Anatomy And Physiol
  • 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 Technqs 2
  • VETC2017 Veterinary Dentistry
  • VETC1009 Animal Husbandry and Handling
  • VETC1013 Animal Nursing 1
  • VETC2019 Veterinary Office Practices
  • VETC2018 Veterinary Surgical Techniques 1
  • VETC1014 Veterinary Radiography 1
  • VETC1016 Veterinary Pharmacology 1
  • VETC1017 Veterinary Lab Techniques 1
  • VETC1018 Veterinary Lab Techniques 2
  • 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