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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.
Our faculty includes 3 veterinarians and 10 veterinary technologists with over 15 years experience
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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!
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:
The Animal Health Technology program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
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Provides nursing care, diagnostic procedures and client interactions to assist veterinarians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in animals.
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.
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.
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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