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. 

For information on admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue.

Additional admission documents must be completed and submitted (after program application and student number obtained). Download documents here:





October 4, 2017, 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Come celebrate our 10th Anniversary, Animal Health Week and Alumni Event! (Check back for details)

Donations of used towels/blankets (no tears or frays) needed by Veterinary Technology patients, and can be dropped off or sent to Coquitlam Campus A2143!

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Additional Resources

For the love of animals

Youtube Video

VTEC students get hands on with critters big and small.