Veterinary Technology

Diploma
Veterinary Technology

Program Overview

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.

Learning Environment

  • 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. 

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As a veterinary technologist, your skills are in demand at veterinary clinics and hospitals, livestock operations, animal shelters, diagnostic labs, research facilities, zoos and game farms. There are also job opportunities with government agencies and in sales. You might also use your skills as the owner/operator of your own kennel or training facility.

Note

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Registered Veterinary TechnologistAnimal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians (3213)$30,200 - $48,900

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length:

80 weeks


Year 1 - 41 weeks; Year 2 - 39 weeks

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Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 70% in each of the following subjects: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, and Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30*
  • A combined average of 70% in English Language Arts A30 and English Language Arts B30
  • 60 hours documented veterinarian-supervised volunteer or work experience
  • Completion of mandatory orientation
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • For important information, review our Application Process Guide and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • To comply with safety regulations, students who wear contact lenses must have a pair of prescription glasses to wear in the labs.
  • Students must be registered, as a student member, with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association prior to practicum placement (VETR 183).
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum of 70% in a 30 level math

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 252 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 256 Reading
  • 250 Writing
  • 4 Writeplacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

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.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $8,385
Year 2 - $8,710

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of this program with minimum 2.50 GPA may be admitted into the Post-Diploma B.Sc. (Agricultural Studies) or Post-Diploma B.A. (Agricultural Studies) at the University of Lethbridge. If admitted, the graduate will be 3rd year degree level student in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  
Graduates of this program may be awarded an advanced credit standing comprised of block transfer credit (30 credit units, corresponding to 2nd-year standing in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources), into AgBio undergraduate degree programs primarily for further study in Animal Science or Animal Bioscience.
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer of 60 credit units into the Bachelor of Science Post Diploma program or 30 credit units toward BSc (PD) with Majors in Applied Mathematics, Computing Information Systems and/or Human Science.

Accreditation

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

Our Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. This qualifies you to write the North American Veterinary Technology Exam (VTNE). You need to pass the VTNE and register with the Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists (SAVT) to work as a Registered Veterinary Technologist in Saskatchewan.

Animal use in teaching and research at Saskatchewan Polytechnic is subject to ethics approval and review. As part of this federal mandate, all incident reports are investigated in accordance with Canadian Council for Animal Care best practices. Learn more about procedures for reporting animal welfare concerns.

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