Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology

Female student in scrubs stands with happy dog and owner

This program is designed for students interested in a career working with and caring for animals. Students enrolled in the program will receive the technical training and knowledge required to become veterinary technicians working in association with practising veterinarians. The program features a comprehensive range of courses and training related to the care of food and laboratory animals, as well as companion and sport animals. All students will complete a four-week externship (industry placement) during the final semester.

This program is fully accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).

This program is offered at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph in two options: Conventional and Alternative Delivery

Admission Requirements

For information on admission requirements visit the Ridgetown Campus website.

Sample First Year Courses

Semester 1

  • Medical Exercises I
  • Microbiology, Cytology and Hematology I
  • Foundations of Veterinary Technology
  • Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Companion Animal Management
  • Communications and Veterinary Software

Semester 2

  • Livestock Production and Management
  • Medical Exercises II
  • Urinalysis
  • Pharmacology and Applied Calculations
  • Hematology II
  • Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II

For full course descriptions and the schedule of studies, check out the diploma program calendar here.

Career Opportunities

  • Veterinary technician
  • Animal research technician
  • Specialty or referral hospital technician
  • Livestock production manager


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