Veterinary Technology (Diploma)

Domestic Applications

Fall 2023: Accepting applications

Application deadline January 15th 2023

Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


This two-year career diploma program will prepare you to become a valuable member of the veterinary medical profession. You will be well versed in many fields of animal health care, animal management and laboratory procedures. The curriculum includes both theoretical and practical aspects of providing small and large animal nursing, assisting veterinarians and performing laboratory, radiology and anesthesia procedures.

Graduation from this CVBC, CCAC- and CVMA-accredited program enables you to write the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and thus qualify for registration in Canada and in many parts of the United States as a Registered Veterinary Technologist. 

Get paid, full-time work experience during your studies

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.

International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more international information, contact Douglas College International.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 65 credits
  • 25% (17 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.0 is required

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Semester I

VTEC 1101

Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 1


VTEC 1102

Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 1


VTEC 1103

Veterinary Nursing 1


VTEC 1112

Veterinary Administrative Procedures


CMNS 1111

Workplace Communications for Veterinary Technology


MATH 1183

Mathematics for Veterinary Technology


Semester I Total Credits



Semester II

VTEC 1201

Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 2


VTEC 1202

Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 2


VTEC 1203

Veterinary Nursing 2


VTEC 1204

Veterinary Pharmacology


VTEC 1205

Veterinary Diseases


Semester II Total Credits



Semester III

VTEC 2112

Elective Procedures


VTEC 2107

Large Animal Clinics


VTEC 2108

Veterinary Anesthesia


VTEC 2109

Veterinary Radiography


VTEC 2110

Animal Behavior and Welfare


Semester III Total Credits



Semester IV


VTEC 2311

Animal Nutrition


VTEC 2313

Veterinary Nursing 3 


VTEC 2304

Veterinary Surgical Assistance


VTEC 2315

Veterinary Genetics and Reproduction


VTEC 2307

Lab Animal and Exotics Clinics


VTEC 2309

Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging


VTEC 2312

Veterinary Technology Practicum


Semester IV Total Credits



Total Program Credits



Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Government regulations and program policy require students to be a minimum age of 18 years by December 31 of year of program start
  • Completion of the following courses (or equivalents) by the application deadline (exception for secondary school students). Official transcripts required (photocopies or electronic copies are not accepted):
    • Chemistry 11 with a minimum of C+ (Chemistry 12 with a minimum of C+ fulfills this requirement)
    • Biology 11 with a minimum of C+ (Biology 12 with a minimum of C+ fulfils this requirement)
    • One grade 12 Science course with a minimum of C+ (Chemistry 12, Biology 12, Geology 12, Physics 12)
    • Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum of C

After official transcripts have been reviewed by Enrolment Services determining that you have met the program academic prerequisites, the following additional program documents are required:

All of the above documentation must be received by the program application deadline date. It is then reviewed and ranked. Applicants may be invited for an interview. 


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Graduates are prepared to find positions in veterinary clinics/hospitals (small and large animal, referral, emergency), research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, private industry, zoos, aquaria, wildlife parks, animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Veterinary Technician National Examination

Upon graduation, students must write and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) provided by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. Because of the support of champions for animal care and education, all graduates of the Douglas VTEC program will be eligible for the Kristianson Veterinary Technology National Exam Award to cover the cost of the exam.

Karen and John Kristianson believe that education has the power to transform lives and is a gateway to moral progress. Established in 2014, this bursary is available to all graduating students in the Veterinary Technology program as a catalyst in launching VTEC graduates’ careers as Registered Veterinary Technologists.

In addition to the VTNE bursary available for all graduates, the Kristianson Veterinary Technology Award is awarded to two (2) graduating students who have managed and overcome personal, social or economic hardship while earning their VTEC diploma. This award serves to launch the careers of resilient learners who are role models in their school, work and home communities.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


Student Quote

For the love of animals

VTEC students get hands on with critters big and small.

More Information

Tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.