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Veterinary Technology

If you love animals and enjoy working with people, training in Douglas College's CVMA and CCAC Accredited Veterinary Technology program can open the door to a rewarding career as a veterinary technician/nurse. 

As a veterinary technologist, you'll become a valued member of the veterinary medical profession, as part of a health care team. You'll develop knowledge and skills to benefit both small and large animals.

Unique and specialized training

You'll study in the only on campus program of its kind in Greater Vancouver at Douglas College's Coquitlam Campus, learning real-world skills with practicing veterinarians and technicians. This two-year diploma program provides both theoretical and practical training in medical and surgical nursing, anesthesia, radiography, dentistry and laboratory procedures. You'll have practice experience on small and large animals either on campus or at off-site facilities.

The program is ideal whether you are new to the field or someone with experience who wants to obtain credentials to improve your career options. Graduates are eligible to write the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and thus qualify for registration in Canada and in many parts of the United States.

What will I learn?

Developed under the guidelines of the CVMA and CVBC in consultation with experienced practitioners, Veterinary Technology is an intensive full-time program. Many courses will include both classroom and lab components. You'll study practical skills needed on the job ranging from administrative procedures, workplace communications, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, nutrition, behaviour and welfare, to anesthesia, radiography and dentistry. Later, you can practice your new skills in placements in a variety of veterinary facilities, clinics, stables, farms, and animal care centres. 

ALL REQUIRED COURSES AND ADMISSION DOCUMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE. For information on admission requirements, courses, intake dates and registration for an Information Session, visit the Program and Course Catalogue.

These ADMISSIONS DOCUMENTS must be completed and submitted to the Registrar's Veterinary Technology Admissions Officer (after program application and student number obtained). Download documents here:





FOR FALL 2020, applications may be submitted in October 2019 until deadline January 15, 2020.


Attend an Information Session, receive a tour of the VTEC Teaching Clinic, and have all your questions answered!

Make sure this is the right field for you! Obtain veterinary experience in a small or large animal veterinary clinic/facility, with as many species as possible. Have each TASK OBSERVATION FORM signed by a qualified supervisor (DVM, RVT preferred) to keep track of the tasks and minimum 80 hours of experience.

Visit both Veterinary Technology webpages, follow each link, view the VTEC Information Booklet (see box to right).

For more information on Veterinary Technology, please email     



Upcoming Events

Please join us for the upcoming October 24th, 2019 Continuing Education Speaker Series, presented by Nestle Purina Petcare

 Douglas College VTEC – Continuing Education Speaker Series

                    with Dr. Karen van Haaften 

“How to Recognize & Treat Anxiety Conditions in Dogs"

     6:00 pm                             Registration opens

     6:30 pm                             Light Dinner

     7:00pm – 9:00 pm             Presentation


DATE:                  Thursday, October 24, 2019

HELD AT:             DOUGLAS COLLEGE, Coquitlam Campus

       1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7X3

       (Lecture Theatre, Room A1470)

        Campus underground parking (cash only)

        and street parking available

 Please RSVP to Michael Santos by October 17th:

More About Veterinary Technology

Additional Resources

For the love of animals

Youtube Video

VTEC students get hands on with critters big and small.