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School of Health and Life Sciences

Animal Health Technology

Sep 08, 2020
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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

An animal health technologist is a valuable member of the animal health-care team who performs a large range of tasks, such as nursing, 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, x-rays and medical and surgical nursing.


Did You Know

Our faculty includes 3 veterinarians and 10 veterinary technologists with over 15 years experience

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

You can expect to spend, on average:

  • 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
  • 8 to 10 hours per week studying and completing class assignments

You’ll train in NAIT’s Animal Health Clinic, which provides basic veterinary services for dogs and cats owned by NAIT staff and students. It’s here where you’ll receive hands-on experience in procedures that include spays and neuters, vaccinations and teeth cleaning.

As an Animal Health Technology student, you must handle ill or injured animals of all shapes and sizes. You’ll travel to farms and animal hospitals and treat more than just dogs and cats. To be successful in this program – and career – having a genuine interest in the treatment of all animals is a must!

 

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Upon graduation of the program, you will find a wide range of employment options, from assisting veterinarians in private practice to working at animal research facilities and zoos.

As an animal health technologist, you will have the hands-on skills to perform a variety of tasks including laboratory analysis of blood, urine and fecal samples. You’ll also be able to assist and perform radiographic procedures, and assist in anesthetic and surgical procedures.

As a graduate, you’ll also be eligible to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam and may receive transfer credits to the following degree programs:

  • 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 Technology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Bachelor of Applied Management, University of New Brunswick

Industry-standard credentials

The Animal Health Technology program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. 

  • 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 Veterinary Technologist Association (ABVTA) to gain employment in Alberta.
  • Both the ABVTA and the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) of 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.

Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca

For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca

 

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Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: aht@nait.ca

  • Phone: 780.471.8922
  • ​Fax: 780.471.8770 

 



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Term 1

AHTC1100Immunology and Infectious Diseases of Companion Animals
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent(s) is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn the principles of immunology and vaccination and relate these to patient care when considering vaccines and vaccine schedules of companion animals. Students will advise clients and apply principles regarding infectious diseases of companion animals.

AHTC1111Clinics: Theory and Practice
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Animal Health Technology program. Co-Requisites: ANBH1160, AHTC1120.
  • Course Equivalencies: AHTC1110A
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is designed to familiarize the student with common medical procedures involved in veterinary practice in routine and critical care cases. Students will practice basic animal handling, the physical exam, administering medication and vaccines, blood collections and other medical procedures that are necessary to become a skilled technologist. Students gain valuable hands on experience in small groups in the NAIT Animal Clinic.

AHTC1120Anatomic Pathophysiology: Support and Movement
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent(s) is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course integrates three sciences: anatomy, physiology and pathology. The cat is used as the basic anatomical model, with comparisons made to the dog and to farm livestock; species other than the cat are periodically examined to enhance this comparison. This course focuses on tissues and body cavities, the skeletal system, equine and bovine limbs, the muscular system, the nervous system, special senses, and skin.

AHTC1150Hematology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Animal Health Technology program. Co-requisites: AHTC1110A, MRMG1170, AHTC1120, AHTC1100.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will maintain laboratory equipment and integrate safety procedures in a laboratory setting, as well as perform manual and automated diagnostic testing of blood cells to achieve results for a complete blood count. Students will be able to identify and discuss the production and morphology of blood cells in all life stages.

ANBH1160Animal Handling and Behaviour
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent(s) is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

Students learn safe animal handling techniques of common small and large animals. Students will be able to interpret and explain normal and problem behaviour in patients as well as explain the human animal bond and its' importance in veterinary medicine. Breed and colour recognition is also a part of this course.

MRMG1170Medical Records Management
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn to complete veterinary medical records for continuity of patient care, documenting client communication and complying with legislated requirements. Students will use veterinary software to assist in documenting patient care using medical records, organize workplace appointments and schedules and maintain veterinary patient records and documents.

Term 2

AHTC1211Medical and Surgical Nursing
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Animal Health Technology program. Pre-Requisite: AHTC1111. Co-Requisite: AHTC1220.
  • Course Equivalencies: AHTC1110B
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will familiarize students with instruments, supplies, and basic surgical, dental and medical procedures involved in veterinary practice. Students will practice basic restraint, handling and treatment techniques, and medical and surgical skills that are necessary to become a skilled technologist. In addition, students learn their role in dealing with acute and chronic conditions along with common emergencies in domestic animals.

AHTC1220Anatomic Pathophysiology: Function and Continuity
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: AHTC1110A, AHTC1150, MRMG1170, ANBH1160, AHTC1120, AHTC1100. A completion grade of C- in MRMG1170, AHTC1100, AHTC1120, AHTC1150 and ANBH1160 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course integrates three sciences: anatomy, physiology and pathology. The cat is used as the basic anatomical model, with comparisons made to the dog and to farm livestock; species other than the cat are periodically examined to enhance this comparison. This course focuses on the blood vascular system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system and the endocrine system.

AHTC1240Anesthesiology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the AHT program. Prerequisites: AHTC1110A, 1150, 1120, 1100, MRMG1170, ANBH1160. Co-requisite: AHTC1220. A completion grade of C- in AHTC1100, 1120, 1150, MRMG1170 and ANBH1160 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn general principles of anesthesia and anesthetic monitoring in domestic animals. The following topics will be introduced: preanesthetic medication, assessing the depth of general anesthesia, injectable anesthetic drugs, inhalation anesthetic drugs, inhalation anesthesia, pulmonary ventilation, anesthetic complications and emergencies, local anesthetics, species variations in anesthetic equipment and postoperative care.

AHTC1251Clinical Laboratory Procedures II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Animal Health Technology program. Prerequisite: AHTC1150. Co-requisite: AHTC1220.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is an introduction to various laboratory departments and testing. There is a theory and lab component that covers urinalysis of animals, chemistry testing in the lab, introduction to cytology including the identification of some cells as well as an introduction to microbiology procedures.

AHTC1260Parasitology
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of English 300-1 or 30-2 or equivalent(s) is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Course Equivalencies: AHT260
  • Open Studies: Available

This lecture/laboratory course will emphasize skill in performing topical and fecal examinations for parasitic infestations in both small and large animals. The student will be able to define parasitic terminology, explain the characteristics, diagnosis, and prevention in selected parasitic species and demonstrate diagnostic procedures for selected parasites.

IPAE1110

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

Term 3

AHTC2300Infectious Diseases of Food Animals and Horses
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Animal Health Technology program. Prerequisite: AHTC1120. A completion grade of C- in AHTC1120 is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: AHT360
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn the principles of immunology, vaccination and their relationship to patient care when considering vaccines and vaccine schedules. Students will advise clients and apply principles in regards to infectious diseases of food animals and horses.

AHTC2320Specialized Patient Care
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Animal Health Technology program. Prerequisites: AHTC1250, AHTC1240. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Veterinary medicine is complex and specialized; this course will give students an overview of specialized veterinary medicine and how to advise clients regarding supportive agencies. Students will learn safe handling procedures for lab and exotic animals.

AHTC2330Pharmacology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the AHT program. Prerequisites: AHTC1260, 1230, 1220, 1250, 1240. Co-requisites: AHTC2300, 2310A, 2311A, 2320, 2340. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: AHT330, AHTC2330B
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will study the commonly used drugs in veterinary medicine. Major classes of drugs will be discussed and described. Emphasis is on client education when dispensing medications and fielding inquiries concerning side effects, contraindications and withdrawal times.

AHTC2341

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

AHTC2350

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

AHTC2360

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

Term 4

AHTC1230Animal Nutrition
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of English 30-1 or 30-2, and Math 30-1 or 30-2, or equivalent(s) are recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

The role that key nutrients play in a patient’s health is discussed. Students will learn to assist in client education regarding the variety of feeds available and discuss and advise on nutritionally responsive disorders.

AHTC2440Applied Diagnostic Imaging
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: AHTC2340, AHTC2330A, AHTC2310A, AHTC2311A, AHTC2300, AHTC2320. Co-requisites: AHTC2310B, AHTC2311B. A completion grade of C- in AHTC2330, AHTC2320, AHTC2300, and AHTC2340 is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: AHT450
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will apply the theory learned in Diagnostic Imaging Foundations to generate diagnostic images and practice positioning, restraint and safety techniques. Appropriate storage, logging, recording, charting and quality assurance methods will be used.

AHTC2450

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

AHTC2460

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

AHTC2470

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

IPAE1210

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

Term 5

AHTC2490Clinical Experience
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Animal Health Technology program. Prerequisites: AHTC2311B, AHTC2310B, AHTC2420, AHTC2440, ATHC2480, IPAE1201. A completion grade of C- in AHTC2420, 2440, 2480 and IPAE1201 is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: AHT470
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Animal Health training will be continued at a veterinary site performing various procedures in accordance with the clinical outcomes. This clinical provides the students with an orientation to the profession and opportunity to apply concepts, procedures, and patient care while directly supervised by a veterinarian or animal health technologist. Additionally, students acquire experience in professional behaviour and critical thinking skills.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $623
Tuition Cap: $7,814

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,150
Level 1 Term 2: $475
Level 2 Term 1: $525
Level 2 Term 2: $175


The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2020

Term Start Date: Sep 08, 2020

Entrance Requirements

  • English 30-1 or English 30-2
  • 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).
  • Online Interview:
  1. The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for shortlisted applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
  2. The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
  3. Review the Online Interview handout for more information

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

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 the Student Selection Process for more information.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • Immunization - VMA/AHT

It is recommended that students receive immunization against tetanus and diphtheria. Students are required to have rabies immunization prior to on-campus animal labs, which will be arranged through NAIT. Students will receive further information prior to the program start date.

  • Biosafety Course Requirement

Biosafety is mandatory for all students in this program to ensure compliance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act. A biosafety course will be delivered online using Moodle. Students will be directed on relevant deadlines and completion requirements during the program orientation. If this requirement is not met, access to designated labs may be denied.

  • Computer Literacy - Basic

Basic computer literacy is required for a successful progression in this course. This comprises, but is not limited to, possessing fluency in basic word processing, spreadsheet creation, and an understanding of email and web best practices.

  • Health Requirement - Physical Ailments

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:
  1. Review of program website
  2. Open House information sessions
  3. Program Preview
  4. [Health Program Interview Workshop] (http://www.nait.ca/prospective/academic-advising.htm)

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Alberta Veterinary Medical Association - Winter $1,250.00
  • Award Amount: $1,250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 4

Criteria:
Available to first year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.

Edmonton Kennel Club Centennial Bursary $1,500.00
  • Award Amount: $1,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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 $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Katie & John Lashuk Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
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.

Pete Demetrick Memorial Award $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Alberta Veterinary Technologust Association AHT Scholarship - Winter $500.00
  • Award Amount: $500.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
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.

Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences $1,250.00
  • Award Amount: $1,250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 3

Criteria:
Available to second year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.

Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians - I - Spring $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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 $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Hill's Pet Nutrition Canada Inc. - Small Animal Nutrition Award - Winter $200.00
  • Award Amount: $200.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Growing Alberta Scholarship $750.00
  • Award Amount: $750.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Leaders in Agriculture Award $3,000.00
  • Award Amount: $3,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

TH Bursary I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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 $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Pearl Ivy Scholarship - Winter $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

Dr. Dave Brace Award for Volunteerism in Animal Welfare $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
A founding partner of the Bow River Veterinary Centre in Canmore, Alberta, Dr. Dave Brace became a local legend renowned for not only his exceptional skills and knowledge, but his remarkable kindness and compassion for both animals and their human companions. Dr. Dave is a founding board member of the Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre, Home of the Bow Valley SPCA, and volunteered many hours caring for rescued animals in Canada and the USA, most notably after Hurricane Katrina. This award is endowed by Carla Cumming Sojonky and the late Frank Sojonky in honor of the enormous impact Dr. Dave had on them, and their family of rescued German Shorthaired Pointers, in the Canmore community. Available to second year students enrolled in the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year of the program and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student who has volunteered with a reputable animal welfare organization.

Canine Animal Blood Bank

For more than 10 years, NAIT has helped provide necessary blood products for dogs in need of transfusions.

56 donors raised $3,130 to support this project.

This project ended on Oct 30, 2018.

NAIT animal health instructor takes skills to Cambridge Bay

Elaine Degrandpre joined 3 Edmonton-based veterinary professionals at Nunavut Arctic College, donating her time and talent to vaccinate, deworm and provide blood tests for northern pets.

Alumni Profile: Kristen King

NAIT alum Kristen King (Animal Health Technology '15) provides a glimpse into her role at Wild North and rehabilitating injured wildlife so they can be returned to their habitat.

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