Associate Degree in
Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology University of Guelph
Work with and care for animals. In this program, you’ll receive the technical training and knowledge required to become a veterinary technician. You will learn through a comprehensive range of courses and training related to the care of food and laboratory animals, as well as companion and sports animals. Plus, all students complete a four-week externship (industry placement).
As the companion and large animal industries continue to grow, the importance of animal care and wellness grows too. If you have an interest in the field of animal health, then training at Ridgetown Campus to become a Veterinary Technician is the right career path for you.
- Two delivery options. This program is offered in a 2 and 3-year option. Both delivery methods cover the same course content and offer practical training, but they vary in length and how the program is delivered.
- Learn from a variety of animals. Your studies feature training with companion, large, and laboratory animals in a clinical setting. Learn with cats, dogs, birds, horses, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, and pigs.
- Innovative teaching team. You will learn from Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs), Veterinarians, and instructors with business/office administration expertise.
- Top scores. Our graduates achieve top scores on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs).
- Unique degree pathways. Program graduates can receive transfer credits towards a degree. In many cases, eliminating 1 to 2 years of degree completion time!
- Accreditation. Accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Animal Dentistry I
- Animal Dentistry II
- Animal Nursing I
- Animal Nursing II
- Communications & Vet Software
- Companion Animal Management
- Foundations of Veterinary Technology
- Hematology II
- Hospital Management
- Laboratory & Exotic Animal Science
- Livestock Production and Management
- Medical Exercises I
- Medical Exercises II
- Microbiology, Cytology and Hematology I
- Parasitology & Clinical Chemistry
- Pharmacology & Applied Calculations
- Radiography I
- Radiography II
- Surgical and Anaesthetic Principles I
- Surgical and Anaesthetic Principles II
- Vet. Tech. Practical Applications
- Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I
- Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II
- Veterinary Technology Externship
- All subjects are covered in each program but may appear with a different course title
- Conventional delivery requires the completion of 24 courses (12.00 credits) total
- Alternative delivery requires the completion of 32 courses (12.00 credits) total
- Progression into subsequent semesters is dependent on the successful completion of each course in the previous semester
- Successful completion of a 6-week Industry Work Placement is also required
- For a list of all courses and the curriculum layout, please refer to the Associate Diploma Calendar
- This is a physically demanding program
- There are no electives in this program
- Veterinary Technician (Companion, Mixed, or Large Animal Practice)
- Artificial Insemination Technician
- Pet Care Supply Representative
- Pharmaceutical Technical Representative
- Animal Research Technician
- Specialty or Referral Hospital Technician