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"Two of the best years of my life were spent at Olds College learning and training to become an Animal Health Technologist. We had some amazing teachers and I made some wonderful life long friends. The program is regarded as one of the best and I am so glad I got to receive my education from such a great place!"

Meaghan Bellamy, Animal Health Technology Graduate

“The Animal Health Technology program at Olds College is a very reputable program with high standards. Instructors provide complete educational training in all areas of veterinary medicine. Students leave Olds College properly prepared for the changing and challenging needs of today’s veterinary profession.”

Dr. Lisa Lomsnes, Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital, Red Deer

“The Olds College Animal Health Technology program provides an environment of academic excellence and diverse practical training, resulting in an education that is well respected by industry.”

Eve Hollman, Animal Health Technology Graduate

Program Description

Take your love of animals to the professional level. In the Animal Health Technology program you will be trained to provide hands-on care to a variety of animals both large and small. You will be taught a Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accredited curriculum delivered by staff boasting over 150 years of accumulated veterinary experience!

A dedicated staff of veterinarians and animal health Technicians will ensure you receive an excellent education. You will learn diagnostic laboratory procedures, animal disease, anatomy and physiology, surgery and anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and client communication. Animal health technology students work as team leaders with Veterinary Medical Receptionist and Veterinary Technical Assistant students to provide care for the animals in our program and assist with the Olds College “Adopt a Pet” program (find us on Facebook).

Our campus features a working farm with a variety of large animals plus companion animals on site. This provides our students with many opportunities to gain experience in handling, treating and caring for live patients of all sizes.

Many exciting revisions have recently been made to the Animal Health Technology diploma program. Instead of offering an on campus option and an online option to 60 students, we will now be offering three on campus intakes to 90 students! Future AHT’s will begin the program by completing two online courses prior to arriving on campus for 12 months. This will then be followed by a six week clinical practicum to be completed in a location of the student’s choosing. This new accelerated diploma will be finished much quicker and will ultimately allow graduates to be available to the work force months earlier. The three intakes will occur annually in March, July and October. Watch the website and mark your calendar for dates to apply. 

The Program Outline above is for the 2016/2017 AHT program.

The new Program Outline will be available soon.

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

Applications Now Open!


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Career Opportunities

We have placed graduates in a wide range of veterinary and agricultural establishments. Students can be employed in:

  • Urban and rural veterinary practices
  • Research facilities
  • Feedlots
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Animal shelters

Bobby-Joe Borodey
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-556-4610
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Email: animals@oldscollege.ca

Request an Information Package

Applications Now Open!


Enrolment Advisor

Bobby-Joe Borodey
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-556-4610
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Email: animals@oldscollege.ca

Request an Information Package

Check out our VIRTUAL TOUR!

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Ask Us or Visit Us

Still have questions? Ask Us. Or take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Register online or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR.