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Veterinary Technology

Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Veterinary Technology
Credits: 65.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time
Offered: Fall
program overview

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.


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

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 2106

Veterinary Dentistry


VTEC 2107

Large Animal Clinics


VTEC 2108

Veterinary Anesthesia


VTEC 2109

Veterinary Radiography


VTEC 2110

Animal Behavior and Welfare


VTEC 2111

Animal Nutrition


Semester III Total Credits


Semester IV

VTEC 2303

Veterinary Nursing 3


VTEC 2304

Veterinary Surgical Assistance


VTEC 2305

Veterinary Genetics and Reproduction


VTEC 2307

Lab Animal and Exotics Clinics


VTEC 2309

Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging


Semester IV Total Credits


Total Program Credits


career transfer 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.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Graduation from BC Secondary School (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • 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 the former Principles of Math 11/12 with a minimum of C

After official transcripts have been reviewed by the registrar's office 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. 

application deadlines
Full Time
  • Fall Deadline: Jan 15
program cost

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.

curriculum 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.

tuition deposit

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

noticeupcoming application deadline
  • Full-time Fall deadline:
    Jan 15
  • upcoming info sessions
    Tuesday 5:00 PM February 25, 2020 COQ room: #Atrium register»
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