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. Veterinary technologists support veterinarians in vet clinics; work in livestock operations, animal shelters, zoos, diagnostic labs, the government in regulatory roles, such as food inspection and in the veterinary sales industry.
Sask Polytech's two-year Veterinary Technology diploma program is offered at the Saskatoon campus. Get hands-on training in animal nursing, animal care and management, as well as clinical laboratory procedures. You’ll build the knowledge and skills you need to:
- assist veterinarians in providing nursing care to patients;
- provide assistance to veterinarians during surgery and anesthesia;
- perform diagnostic procedures including lab tests and imaging;
- perform animal care and husbandry in clinic, livestock and research settings; and
- assist in client education.
Application Process Guide
For required information on preparing your application, refer to the Application Process Guide.
5th & 6th Semester at Vet College
Your final two semesters take place at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan campus. It’s a chance to learn from leading vet techs and veterinarians; and start working as part of a veterinary team.
Diploma to Degree
Use your Veterinary Technology diploma as a stepping stone to a degree in Animal Bioscience at the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources or Athabasca University in Alberta. Starting June 2019, graduates with a 2.50 GPA will also have the opportunity to directly enter into the 3rd year of a post-diploma B.Sc. (Agricultural Studies) or post-diploma B.A. (Agricultural Studies) at the University of Lethbridge.
For more information about this program refer to Frequently Asked Questions.
- Very heavy workload with 15-20 per week of homework.
- Students are in labs, lectures or clinics from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There may be clinics scheduled on weekends (Friday evening and Saturday). Some tours and clinics may start earlier than 8:00 am and finish after 4:00 pm. The program uses traditional lectures, laboratories, computer-based learning and tours of farms and other animal handling/processing facilities. Learning also occurs on-site at clinics located in and around Saskatoon and at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to off-site locations within Saskatoon.
- Two 5-week offsite clinical practicums are required in semester 5. Students may select their locations in consultation with the program head.
- The opportunity for partial load studies is available; however, students with loans should consult with their granting agency to ensure loan-requirements can be fulfilled. Semesters 5 and 6 cannot be taken on a partial load basis.
- There are 26 applicants accepted into the first year of the program.