Canadian Colleges and Universities

The Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, and has the Good Animal Practice Certificate from the Canadian Council on Animal Care. This program provides students with a broad base of knowledge that can be directly applied to various career paths and work environments in this industry.

Atlantic Veterinary College
The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) is situated on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada. The AVC has a regional mandate, providing teaching, research, diagnostic and other veterinary services to the provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, as well as PEI. There is also an international component to our mandate that permits us to accept DVM and graduate students from anywhere in the world.

College Lafleche

Cégep de St-Félicien: Techniques de santé animal
Situé dans la région du Lac-St-Jean, le Cégep de St-Félicien offre un programme d’une durée de 3 ans. Le programme de santé animale a pour but de former des techniciennes et techniciens pour intervenir dans 2 secteurs principaux : le secteur de la recherche utilisant des animaux (expérimentation animale), et les cliniques vétérinaires pour animaux de compagnie.

Collège Lionel-Groulx

Georgian College
The Veterinary Technician Program provides an opportunity for students to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be an integral member of a veterinary health care team. Students will explore the range of activities carried out in companion and/or large animal practices, animal shelters, biomedical facilities, zoos or wildlife facilities. Through in-class theory and simulations, combined with actual clinical experience in local facilities, students learn to care for and handle animals, understand the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and carry out routine laboratory and clinical procedures. Typical activities include obtaining and recording patient histories, collecting and/or processing specimens, preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery, assisting in medical and surgical procedures, providing specialized nursing care, taking and developing x-rays, and communicating with animal owners to provide education in nutrition, disease prevention, and thorough postoperative care instructions. Students are supported in their studies through practicum and cooperative learning experiences at animal facilities to reinforce skills and theory learned during academic semesters.

Northern College
Northern College is a certified member of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Our graduates are eligible to write the OAVT registration examination.This two-year diploma program is suited to students who are interested in working with animals. The program will provide them with the knowledge and animal handling skills required to be an integral team player within veterinary practices, research facilities, or other animal related industry. Students will learn to perform basic patient examination, collect data on vital signs, administer medications and prepare pharmaceuticals as prescribed by a veterinarian. They will explore anesthesia, animal nursing, surgical assistance, dental prophylactic procedures, diagnostic laboratory work and tests, such as blood chemistries, culture and sensitivity, and electrocardiograms.

NSAC: Animal Science Dept.
The two-year Technician program in Animal Science is designed to teach you the fundamental principles of livestock production preparatory to a career in livestock farming or as an animal science technician in a farm-related service or industry. The program is evolving to meet the increasing demand for skilled herds managers on large farm operations.

Ontario Veterinary College
The Ontario Veterinary College is the oldest veterinary college in the Americas in terms of continuous operation. It began in Toronto in 1862, was moved to Guelph, Ontario in 1922 and became a founding college of the University of Guelph in 1964.

Olds College
If you have a passion for animals and enjoy working with people, our Animal Health Technology diploma program can put you on the right track to your dream job. Imagine spending everyday working closely with animals and their owners, knowing that your efforts are making a difference in the health of an animal. Whether you prefer working with large or small animals this program provides you with the skills necessary to succeed in your chosen field.

Red River
Animal Health Technologists play a vital role in the veterinary industry. They work under the supervision of veterinary practitioners to support the veterinarian in all aspects of practice. As part of this program, you will participate in on- or off-campus labs where you will be handling animals species such as horses, cattle, swine, chickens, ferrets, rats, mice, as well as dogs and cats.

Ridgetown College of Agricultural Technology
In the Veterinary Technology Program, you’ll learn everything you need to know as a Veterinary Technician, assisting Veterinarians in work with both large and small, companion and sport, food and laboratory animals. Ridgetown College’s program is fully accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Highly competitive, this program attracts more than 500 applicants for 40 positions.

Seneca College – Veterinary Technician
This program trains para-professional personnel to support and complement veterinary practitioners, public health officers, and biomedical research scientists.

Sheridan’s Veterinary Technician Program is a great pathway to a rich and rewarding career for those who love animals and want to work with them in a medical capacity. The vet tech program prepares you to join a professional team in a veterinary hospital and/or laboratory setting as a member of an animal health team. This program is accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT). Graduates are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) upon successful completion of the program.

St. Clair College Veterinary Technician
As a candidate seeking a career as a veterinary technician, you will find a strong background in science and mathematics to be a definite asset. Manual dexterity, initiative, strong interpersonal skills and a caring attitude towards animals, are all essential attributes. Successful veterinary technicians are highly motivated and dedicated health science professionals.

St. Lawrence College Veterinary Technology
The Veterinary Technology program has been developed to provide a sound scientific background in chemistry, biology, animal health and animal handling techniques. Our aim is to graduate technologists equally competent to enter veterinary or biomedical research animal fields.

Techniques de santé animale – Sherbrooke

Thompson Rivers University
TRU now offers the only AHT Distance Education program in Canada where the student can study and complete their education from anywhere in Canada. There are no on-campus requirements. The student must be a paid employee working in a Canadian veterinary clinic for a minimum of 20 hours per week while enrolled in the program.

University of Calgary
The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) was established in 2005 to meet Alberta’s need for highly-skilled veterinary graduates supporting rural Alberta, production animal and equine industries, animal and human health research, and public health.  

Vanier College, Montreal, Quebec

Western College of Veterinary Medicine
It is the aim of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to provide the student with a good knowledge of the basic pre-clinical sciences and with practical training in clinical Veterinary Medicine. Graduates should be capable of successfully entering practice or training for a specialty in other fields of Veterinary Medicine.



AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care)
Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. AAALAC International promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through a voluntary accreditation program.

AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science)
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. AALAS is dedicated to advancing and disseminating knowledge about the responsible care and use of laboratory animals for the benefit of human and animal health.

Academy of Surgical Research: Advancing Medicine through Information Exchange
Founded in 1982, the Academy of Surgical Research promotes the advancement of professional and academic standards, education and research in the arts and sciences of experimental surgery. The Academy interfaces with medical and scientific organizations, and governmental agencies in establishing and reviewing ethics, theories, practices and research pertaining to surgery and promotion of the results for clinical application.

ACLAM (The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine)
The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) advances the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals through certification of veterinary specialists, professional development, education and research. ACLAM also coordinates a mentoring program for veterinary students and veterinarians interested in entering the laboratory animal field, for laboratory animal practitioners interested in becoming board-certified, and for established lab animal practitioners who seek further career development.

Association Française des Sciences et Techniques de l’Animal de Laboratoire
L’AFSTAL regroupe des personnes exerçant tous les métiers en relation avec les animaux de laboratoire (zootechniciens – techniciens – biologistes – éleveurs…).

ANZCCART (Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching)
Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching. ANZCCART will provide leadership in developing community consensus on ethical, social and scientific issues relating to the use of animals in research and teaching.

CALAM (The Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine)
The Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine (CALAM) is a national association that represents the interests of Canadian laboratory animal veterinarians.  The association’s mission is to advise interested parties on matters pertaining to laboratory animal medicine; to further the education of its members and the laboratory animal science community; and to promote ethics, knowledge and professionalism in the field. The association is committed to the provision of appropriate veterinary care for all animals used in research, teaching or testing outlined in the position statement: CALAM Standards of Veterinary Care.

CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association)
“The CVMA is the national body representing and serving the interests of the veterinary profession in Canada. The Association is committed to excellence within the profession and to the well-being of animals. It shall promote public awareness of the contribution of animals and veterinarians to society”.

CCAC ( Canadian Council on Animal Care)
The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is the national peer review agency responsible for setting and maintaining standards for the care and use of animals used in research, teaching and testing throughout Canada.

CCAC Three Rs Microsite
1. Care, Handling and Use of Aquatic Animals
2. The Experimental Fish

FELASA (The Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations)
Felasa is composed of independent European national and regional laboratory animal science associations, and was established by them in 1978. It can speak for laboratory animal scientists and technologists in at least twenty European countries – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. It is managed solely by representatives of its constituent associations in those countries.

FBR (Foundation for Biomedical Research Home Page)
The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) was established in 1981 to improve the quality of human and animal health by promoting public understanding and support of the ethical use of animals in scientific and medical research.

LAMA (The Laboratory Animal Management Association)
The Laboratory Animal Management Association is Dedicated to enhancing the quality of management and care of laboratory animals throughout the world.

LASA (The Laboratory Animal Science Association)
The Laboratory Animal Science Association of the United Kingdom is concerned with all aspects of the welfare and care of animals used in research. LASA works to advance this knowledge and promote refinement of scientific procedures.


NABR (National Association for Biomedical Research)
The National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) is the only national, nonprofit organization dedicated solely to advocating sound public policy that recognizes the vital role of humane animal use in biomedical research, higher education and product safety testing.

OAVT (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians)

PIR (Partners in Research)
Partners In Research (PIR) is a national Canadian charity established in 1988 to educate the lay public – particularly young people – about the history, importance, accomplishments and promise of health research in all its aspects.

Speaking of Research
Speaking of Research is an advocacy group that was founded in 2008 with the aim to provide accurate information about the importance of animal research and animal testing in medical and veterinary science to the general public.  SR believes that animal research is crucial to the future of medicine and should be conducted with the utmost care, responsibility and respect towards the animals.  All personnel involved in animal research should strictly follow the pertinent guidelines, regulations and laws.

Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association
The Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association was founded in 1987. Its aims are the promotion of laboratory animal science and the furthering of animal protection and ethical considerations in animal experiments.

The Johns Hopkins CAAT
The project team is working together to create a comprehensive global resource on alternative methods (the Three R’s of replacement, reduction and refinement) by hyperlinking to resources that provide scientifically accurate information on Three R’s, animal ethics, and animal care and by developing a unique information source on alternatives for the scientific community.

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