It’s more than a love of animals that inspires people to become veterinary technologists – it’s also a keen interest in science and medicine. If you’re self-motivated and want to be part of a team working to make animals’ lives better, veterinary technology could be a great career fit. Vet techs work in vet clinics, livestock operations, animal shelters, zoos, game farms, diagnostic labs and veterinary teaching hospitals.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's two-year Veterinary Technology diploma program is offered at the Saskatoon campus . Get hands-on training in animal care, animal management and diagnostic laboratory procedures. You’ll build the knowledge and skills you need to:
Your final semester takes place at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) on the University of Saskatchewan campus. It’s a chance to learn from leading vet techs and veterinarians.
In first year, you’ll job-shadow vet techs to get a taste of the profession. In second year, you’ll participate in two practicums. You’ll spend five weeks in a small animal veterinary practice and five weeks in a mixed/large animal practice or research facility.
Use your Veterinary Technology diploma as a stepping stone to a degree in the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources or Athabasca University in Alberta.For more information about this program refer to Frequently Asked Questions.
As a vet tech, your skills are in demand at small clinics, large animal practices, veterinary hospitals, livestock operations, animal shelters, diagnostic labs, research facilities, zoos and game farms. There are jobs with government agencies and in sales. Or use your skills as the owner/operator of your own kennel or training facility.
International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Registered Veterinary Technologist||Veterinary and Animal Health Technologists and Technicians (3213)||$26,000 - $43,700|
Year 1 - 36 weeks; Year 2 - 37 weeks
To comply with safety regulations, students who wear contact lenses must have a pair of prescription glasses to wear in the labs.
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $7,800
Year 2 - $7,600
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
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