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School of Health and Life Sciences

Animal Health Technology

Sep 08, 2020
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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"
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Transfer Credit

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  • 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.

The  Animal Health Technology program is also available as a structured part-time pathway.  


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

 

Have questions? We've got answers

If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Animal Health Technology program, we can help.

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

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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.
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