- Caring and kind
- Loving of animals
- Customer service oriented
- A people person
- A team player
What does a Veterinary Technician do?Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in the care of animals. They are called to perform many patient-focused tasks, and have specialized skills, allowing them to perform an initial evaluation of the animal’s condition, clean and wrap wounds, check vital statistics, collect samples and even administer medication.
What kinds of skills will I learn during the program?Our Veterinary Technician Program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:
- Assisting in surgical procedures as Prep Nurse, OR Nurse, Surgical Assistant, and Anesthetist: our NBVMA licensed on-site Veterinary Clinic allows students to assist with real surgeries on real animals.
- Collect, prepare and perform laboratory tests.
- Restraint and Animal Husbandry: our students go to animal shelters as well as equine, bovine and ovine farms.
- Administering Medication: students learn to administer vaccines and other drugs as prescribed by staff veterinarians.
- Dentistry: students learn how to perform dental and exam procedures.
- Radiology: students learn radiation safety as well as care and use of x-ray generators, cassettes, and processing.
What kinds of hands-on training will I receive?During the 2 years of this program, you will share your time between the classroom, laboratory, our on-site Veterinary Clinic and numerous field trips to farms and animal shelters to practice your skills in the field. You will also take part in a six-week Practicum placement in a clinic.
Is the program accredited?Yes! Our program is the only accredited program in New Brunswick and follows standards set out by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Graduates are eligible to write the VTNE credentialing exam enabling them to apply for licenses anywhere in North America.
What kind of jobs are available with this diploma?In addition to ensuring the health care of companion animals, graduates also find employment in other related fields ranging from equine practice to working in diagnostic laboratories, to veterinary supply and sales.
September StartTerm (Year 1): September – June Term (Year 2): September – June Practicum: 6 weeks
February StartTerm (Year 1): February-December Term (Year 2): January-October Practicum: 6 weeks
Career Choices:Canada has never seen a greater demand for skilled Veterinary Technicians. Veterinary Technicians are vital members of the Veterinary Health Care Team, providing skills in a variety of areas including patient care, laboratory procedures, specimen collection, surgical assisting, anesthesia, radiography, and nutritional support to a variety of pet and laboratory species.
- Livestock Production
- Equine Practice
- Diagnostic Laboratories
- Zoos and Wildlife Parks
- Veterinary Supply or Sales
- Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals
You Will Learn:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Small and Large Animal Nursing
- Emergency and Critical Care
- Systemic Diseases
- Small and Large Animal Nutrition
- Surgical Nursing
- Practice Management
- Animal Behavior
- Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
- Grade 11 or 12 Biology* with a minimum average of 65%
- Grade 11 or 12 English*with a minimum average of 65%
- Grade 11 or 12 Academic Math Level* with a minimum average of 65%
- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry and/or Physics* is considered an asset
- Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
- Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
- Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
- Geographical quotas may be considered
- Aptitude testing may be used as a predictor of success
- Additional high school or university courses considered an asset
- CAEL – minimum score of 60
- IELTS – 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5
- TOEFL (IBT) – 80, with no individual score lower than 18
- MELAB – minimum score of 80
- Duolinguo – minimum score of 55
- Cambridge English – minimum score of 169
- Pearson Test of English – minimum score of 50