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Veterinary Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Veterinary Technician or Vet Assistant

Working alongside veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants have several roles, including treating and diagnosing animal illnesses, and providing care and treatment advice to clients. There are many opportunities for this work in veterinary practices, educational institutions, zoos, research labs and more. Veterinary programs at Ontario colleges have something for anyone with an interest in animals, and can provide the skills needed to succeed in this in-demand career.

If you’re interested in caring for animals and want to pursue one of the many veterinary programs available, here’s what you need to know. More

Veterinary Courses

Using leading-edge equipment and practices, students in vet programs work with a wide assortment of animals to gain hands-on experience and learn to find solutions for various animal care and treatment situations. Veterinary courses are generally available in two options:

  • Veterinary Assistant. Veterinary assistant programs are one-year certificate programs that teach basic animal care, grooming, lab work and clerical duties. Graduates will serve in client care and vet support.
  • Veterinary Tech. Veterinary technician and technology programs are two- and three-year diploma programs that focus on nutrition, pharmacology, parasitology and advanced clinical duties to prepare students to assist veterinarians. Graduates of these programs are eligible to write the registered veterinary technician exam.

Along with their specialized training, both types of programs will focus on surgical preparation and assistance, basic veterinary administration and business skills, animal behaviour and ethics.

Related veterinary programs include Animal Care, a one-year certificate program that offers a broad view of animal ethics, grooming and basic medical care.

General Veterinary Program Requirements

Ontario college veterinary programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, often including a grade 12 English credit. Because of their medical nature, programs typically also require senior level science and / or math courses. Be sure to read each program description carefully.

Veterinary Jobs and Salaries

Positions in this industry are available in many types of organizations, from veterinary practices and research facilities to animal hospitals, zoos, grooming businesses and more. Graduates will be prepared to work with small and large animals as veterinary assistants, technicians and technologists.

Although salaries will vary by position and experience, the average starting salary for vet technicians and vet assistants is between $26,000 and $30,000 per year. Average salaries for those with experience are around $35,000 per year, and go up as high as $45,000.

Ontario Colleges Offering Veterinary Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of veterinary programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details COMPANION ANIMAL PHYSICAL REHABILITATION NORTHERN HAILEYBURY OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMPANION ANIMAL PHYSICAL REHABILITATION


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: H151
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Large Animal Health and Production SENECA KING OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

Large Animal Health and Production


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: LAH
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details TECHNIQUES DE SOINS VÉTÉRINAIRES BORÉAL SUDBURY OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

TECHNIQUES DE SOINS VÉTÉRINAIRES


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: VETQ
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details TECHNIQUES DE SOINS VÉTÉRINAIRES-ALFRED BORÉAL SUDBURY-ALFRED WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

TECHNIQUES DE SOINS VÉTÉRINAIRES-ALFRED


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: VEAQ
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY ASSISTANT ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2015 - May Visit

VETERINARY ASSISTANT


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1612X01F
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Is A Mobile Learning Program. Students Are Required To Supply And Use A Mobile Learning Device That Meets Minimum Hardware And Software Specifications.

Show details VETERINARY ASSISTANT ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2016 - May Visit

VETERINARY ASSISTANT


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1612X01F
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details VETERINARY ASSISTANT GEORGIAN ORILLIA CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

VETERINARY ASSISTANT


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: VETA
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY ASSISTANT NORTHERN HAILEYBURY OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY ASSISTANT


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: H057
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Veterinary Assistant ST. LAWRENCE KINGSTON CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

Veterinary Assistant


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0633
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Veterinary Assistant ST. LAWRENCE KINGSTON OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

Veterinary Assistant


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0633
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details VETERINARY OFFICE ADMINISTRATION RIDGETOWN MAIN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY OFFICE ADMINISTRATION


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: R101
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 6320X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Highly Competitive-Number Of Qualified Applicants Exceeds Program Capacity For Fall Start. Applications After Feb 1 Are Not Considered, Or If Are, Applicants Placed On Wait List.

Show details VETERINARY TECHNICIAN GEORGIAN ORILLIA CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: VETN
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY TECHNICIAN NORTHERN HAILEYBURY CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: H058
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY TECHNICIAN SENECA KING CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: VTE
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY TECHNICIAN SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PVETT
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ST. CLAIR MAIN CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: H258
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Veterinary Technology ST. LAWRENCE KINGSTON CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

Veterinary Technology


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0722
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY (CONVENTIONAL) RIDGETOWN MAIN CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY (CONVENTIONAL)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: R206
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY WILDLIFE REHABILITATION NORTHERN HAILEYBURY CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY WILDLIFE REHABILITATION


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: H134
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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