Where it Can Take You
Graduates of the program generally find employment with veterinarians in private practices concerned with companion animals, farm animals, horses or a combination of these. As animal health technologists, they undertake a variety of tasks, which may include laboratory analysis of blood, urine and fecal samples; assisting and performing radiographic procedures; performing sanitation and sterilization procedures; assisting in the examination and treatment of animals; assisting in anesthetic and surgical procedures; and helping with the administrative duties required in the smooth operation of the veterinary practice.
Employment is not restricted to private veterinary practice, however. Positions may be found in related organizations, such as research animal facilities, federal and provincial regulatory agencies, zoos and other animal-oriented organizations in the public and private sector.
What successful grads have to say
Sam Simpson's interest in veterinary pain management and rehabilitation spurred her to pursue specialized education and open Alberta's first licensed animal rehabilitation facility. Read her story, as well as her profile and video in NAIT's techlife magazine.
Graduate Information & Opportunities
Graduates are eligible to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Graduates must successfully complete this examination and be members in good standing with the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists (AAAHT) to gain employment in Alberta. Requirements may vary from province to province, so please contact the appropriate provincial association for further information.
Continuing your studies
Graduates of the NAIT Animal Health Technology program are eligible for transfer credit to the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech-TM), NAIT
- BSc or Bachelor of Science - Human Science, Athabasca University
- BSc in Agriculture, Animal Science major, University of Alberta
- BA or BSc in Agriculture, University of Lethbridge
- Bachelor of Applied Management, University of New Brunswick
Both the AAAHT and the Alberta Association of Veterinary Medicine offer continuing education courses at different locations throughout Alberta.
Graduates may become members of the North American Association of Veterinary Technicians, which also hosts numerous continuing education events.
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