About the Program
An animal health technologist (Veterinary technologist) is a valuable member of the animal health-care team who performs a large range of tasks, such as nursing care, diagnostic procedures and client interactions, to assist veterinarians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in animals. The program focuses on practical skills used in both small and large animal practices, including lab work, radiographs and medical and surgical nursing.
Animal care standards
All laboratories and clinical procedures involving animals at NAIT are approved by the NAIT Animal Care Committee. This committee functions under the mandate of the Canadian Council on Animal Care to ensure that animals are treated well. The Animal Care Committee is responsible for overseeing all use of animals within the institution. This includes:
- animal demos in the classroom
- any procedures that are performed on or with animals for any class/course that NAIT provides
The Animal Health Technology faculty includes 3 veterinarians and 10 Registered Veterinary Technologists with an average of 15 years of industry experience. All are registered with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1450
Semester 2: $650
Semester 3: $950
Semester 4: $450
In order to provide large animal learning opportunities travel out of town is necessary. Students should expect to incur travel costs to these locations some of which are outside of Edmonton. Carpooling with peers is encouraged to reduce costs.
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade 12 English
- Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30
- Chemistry 30
- Biology 30
- Work related hours - A Verification of Work-Related Hours and Experience form must accompany the application. This confirms the applicant has had at least 40 hours of meaningful animal-health work experience at a veterinary clinic. This form must be completed by a supervisor. (VMA graduates do not have to provide this).
- The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for shortlisted applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
- The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
Applicants are shortlisted for the interview based on their academic average for the required high school courses. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 71%.
Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores. Applicants who are offered conditional acceptance need to maintain the academic average presented in phase 1 in order to secure final acceptance. Please refer to Student Selection Processes for more information.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
Immunizations - It is recommended that students have immunization against tetanus and diphtheria. Students are required to have rabies immunization prior to on campus animal labs. Rabies immunization will be arranged through NAIT, and students will receive further information on immunization requirements prior to the program start date.
Computer Literacy - Students must have basic computer literacy, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and email.
Any prospective students with back, arm, shoulder, wrist or neck problems or significant health challenges should consider their options carefully before applying and are advised to consult with the Program.
The following activities are encouraged to ensure an adequate understanding of the expectations and duties of the program and profession:
- Review of program website
- Open House information sessions
- Program Preview
- Health Program Interview Workshop
- Tuesday, October 23rd at 4:30 pm. - 6:00 p.m.
- Friday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Most students select a private veterinary practice for an on-the-job training position to practise skills learned in this program.
- Length: 5 weeks (212 hours)
- Salary: none
- Dates: May
- Relocation: not required
Accreditation & Industry Certification
- The Animal Health Technology program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
- The program holds a Good Animal Practice Certificate through the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
- Active membership with the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists (AAAHT) is compulsory under the Province of Alberta’s Veterinary Act and General Regulation.
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Alberta Veterinary Medical Association - Winter||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the Animal Health Technology program at the NAIT Edmonton Campus. Awarded on the basis of the greatest improvement during the first year, academic achievement, enthusiasm, professional deportment, and class participation.
|Alberta Veterinary Technologust Association AHT Scholarship - Winter||500.00||2|
Available to a graduating student of the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, technical skills, professional attitude, and the ability to positively promote the animal health technology profession. Preference may be given to Alberta residents.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians - I - Spring||1000.00||1|
Available to first year students enrolled in the Animal Health Technology program. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and aptitude in practical labs.
|Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians - II - Winter||1000.00||1|
Available to second year students enrolled in the Animal Health Technology program. Awarded on the basis of the student who best exemplifies efficiency in the clinical application of Animal Health Technology theory.
|Edmonton Kennel Club Centennial Bursary||1300.00||1|
Available to students entering the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Fiona Cameron Memorial Award - Winter||1000.00||1|
Available to a graduating student of the Animal Health Technology program who exhibits the following humanitarian character traits for which Fiona Cameron was known, respected and loved: compassion, works well with classmates, dependable, thinks of others before herself, team-player, enthusiastic, never complains.
|Growing Alberta Scholarship||750.00||1|
Available to residents of Alberta who are in the second year of an agriculture or food related program. Awarded on the basis of a good academic standing; demonstrated commitment to the agriculture and food industry through active participation in agriculture and food-related extracurricular and community activities; demonstrated leadership, role model qualities and good communication skills in the promotion and support of agriculture and food; demonstrated commitment, through career goals, towards the advancement of the Alberta Agriculture and food industry; and demonstrated community involvement.
|Hill's Pet Nutrition Canada Inc. - Small Animal Nutrition Award - Winter||200.00||1|
Available to a second year student enrolled in the Animal Health Technology program. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and the applicant must submit one of the following:a) a case write up documenting the benefits of using a premium wellness diet (Prescription Diet or Science Diet) in a healthy pet; or b) a clinical case write up documenting the benefits of nutritional intervention in the management of a disease process using Hill's Prescription Diet; or c) a copy of the certificate indicating the completion of Hill's Veterinary Nutritional Advocate which is an on-line self study course in nutrition, practice management and teamwork.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|Leaders in Agriculture Award||3000.00||1|
Available to second year students in the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT. Applicants must be a resident of Alberta and have not previously received a Leaders in Agriculture Award. Awarded on the basis of college and community involvement and an essay.
|Pearl Ivy Scholarship - Winter||1000.00||1|
Pearl Ivy is an English Labrador Retriever who brings much joy and happiness to our family. She is smart, energetic, and loves being outside. We hope this scholarship brings as much joy to the scholarship recipient as Pearl Ivy brings to our family. Available to first year students enrolled in the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the Animal Handling and Behaviour (ANBH1160) course within the program.
|Pete Demetrick Memorial Award||1000.00||1|
Available to second year students of Animal Health Technology. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory performance at the end of their first year. Financial need may be taken into consideration.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.