About the Program
As more tasks are delegated from veterinarians to Animal Health Technologists, the need for veterinary medical assistants to perform tasks that require less training has emerged. Veterinary Medical Assistants provide support to both Animal Health Technologists and veterinarians.
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: $1350
Semester 2: $350
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
- Pure Math 20 or Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Applied Math 20
Competitive Entrance - 68% overall average
Effective October 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 year, this program will require the following: Competitive Entrance: Grade 12 English, Pure Math 20 or Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Applied Math 20, Biology 30
NAIT's MTH20T Academic Upgrading course is recognized in lieu of Math 20-2.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
- Work-related hours - A Verification of Work-Related Hours and Experience form
- 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.
Additional Requirements and Information - 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
Most students select a private veterinary practice or industry-related company for an on-the-job training position to practise skills learned in their program.
- Length: 4 weeks (150 hours)
- Salary: none
- Dates: April
- Relocation: Optional
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 Technologist Association VMA Scholarship - Winter||250.00||1|
Available to a graduating student of the Veterinary Medical Assistant program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, technical skills, professional attitude, and the ability to positively promote the veterinary industry. Preference may be given to Alberta residents.
|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.
|Monique Benoit Memorial Award - Winter||1000.00||1|
Available to a student enrolled in the Veterinary Medical Assistant program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, volunteer work in the community, and a positive attitude.
|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.