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Douglas College vet tech students surpass national and international exam averages

Douglas College Veterinary Technology (VTEC) grads are exceeding expectations on a national – and international – stage.

Results are in for the August 2017 Veterinary Technician National Exam, and Douglas College grads surpassed the Canadian average by 18 percent overall, as well as the U.S. average by 33 percent overall. Both are improvements over last year’s scores of 10 percent and 19 percent above average, respectively.

“Our students consistently have excellent results on the national qualifying examination. This year’s cohort performed exceptionally well and has set a new standard for Douglas VTEC students. The results demonstrate the commitment of our faculty and staff to provide the best possible learning experience for our students,” said Brian Chapell, dean of Science and Technology.

The exam consists of nine sections focusing on categories such as surgical nursing, anesthesia and dentistry. Every Douglas student who took the exam passed, and overall were graded at least 11 percent above average in each of the nine individual categories.

“The Veterinary Technology program’s strict entrance requirements, combined with a demanding curriculum, has ensured our students are more than prepared for both the national exam and their future careers. Their success is reflected in the longevity of the program, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year,” said Dr. Pauline Chow, VTEC coordinator.

Since 2007, the VTEC program has provided a progressive education to people who want to become veterinary nurses, reflecting current practices and rising standards. There is an emphasis on working with the local veterinary community through partnerships with animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2018 intake.


Contact Pauline Chow, VTEC coordinator

604 777 6322