School of Health and Life Sciences

Animal Health Technology

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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.

Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for 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. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Median Starting Salary

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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!

Animal Health Student with a dog

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.

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
Animal Health Student with a cat

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

Animal Health Student with a dog

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, 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

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

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.

How to Apply

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