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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.

The AHT program offers training in the following AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

  • Patient care - patient monitoring, intravenous fluid therapy, wound and bandage care, pain control, nutrition, charting & medical record maintenance, physiotherapy/hydrotherapy
  • Laboratory services - sample collection, microscopic evaluation of blood, urine, feces, and other body fluids, parasite identification, quality control, operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Diagnostic imaging - patient preparation and positioning, x-rays,(traditional, CR-digital), ultrasounds, MRI, quality control and safety
  • Anesthesiology - pre-anesthetic evaluation, administration of sedatives, nerve blocks, and local anesthesia, induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, patient monitoring, patient recovery, maintenance of machines and equipment
  • Surgical Assistance - care and preparation of surgical pack, surgical suite, and equipment, sterile preparation of patient and surgical site, assisting with surgery, post-operative patient care and assessment
  • Dentistry - evaluation of dentition and signs of oral disease, plaque and tartar removal with anesthesia, tooth polishing, dental x-rays, extractions (non-surgical), assisting the veterinarian with endodontic, orthodontic and advanced procedures
  • Emergency and Critical Care - triage of patients, evaluation of vital signs and recognition of abnormal conditions, familiarity with critical care medications and procedures, first aid and CPR, critical care (ICU) nursing
  • Communication - reception duties, dispensing of medications, client education (disease prevention, dental care, obesity management), home care instruction, nutritional counseling

As a graduation requirement, students will participate in a 6 week Industry Practicum, working directly with industry professionals. While not a guarantee, students find that often these placements lead to full-time employment. 

 

Credential: Diploma

 

Length of Program: 15-16 months (offered in an accelerated format with minimal breaks)

 

Method of Delivery: Blended
The program will begin with two online courses which will be completed prior to arrival on campus. Upon completion of the online courses, students will be on campus for 3 back to back 4 month semesters, delivered over 12 months. This will be followed by the 6 week industry practicum.

 

Program Intakes: 3 intakes per year:

  • Winter Intake – February/March program start
  • Summer Intake – July program start
  • Fall Intake – October program start

  

Applications Open:

  • October 1 for the Summer Intake
  • December 1 for the Fall Intake
  • March 1 for the Winter Intake

 

Selection Process for Admission: Competitive Entry
The number of qualified applicants will exceed the number of available seats within the program; therefore applicants with the highest overall average will be offered admission. Applicants with lower averages will be placed on a waitlist and contacted in the event that a seat becomes available.

 

Admission Requirements:

  • 65% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 65% or better in Math 30-1 or 30-2
  • 65% or better in Biology 30
  • 65% or better in Chemistry 30
  • Complete 40 hours of job shadowing and/or employment and must submit a Verification Form signed by your employer, verifying the hours have been completed
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)​

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants offered admission typically have an overall average in the required courses of 80% or higher.

 

Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: It will be necessary to provide proof of enrolment in any required 30-level courses not yet completed (ie. a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal or letter from institution or staff/instructor) AND a final mark of 65% or better in the corresponding 20-level courses.  

 

For academic upgrading applicants only: if a final mark of 65% or better in the corresponding 20-level courses is not available, you must submit a midterm mark in the 30 level course for consideration.

 

Alternate Admission Option: If an applicant has not met all of the admission requirements noted previously, then upgrading is necessary. No alternate admission or mature student option is available for the AHT program.

 

Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

 

International Applicants: Olds College welcomes AHT applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note it will still be necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information is available on our website under International Students.

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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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.

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.