Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

AHT Diploma

Two-year diploma for veterinary technicians

The AHT program is designed to train individuals for employment as professionals in the field of veterinary medicine. An animal health technologist works under the supervision of veterinarians and veterinary scientists in a variety of areas including: diagnostic testing, radiography, medical procedures, office protocol, animal nursing, anaesthesia and surgical assistance. Although most graduates are employed in private veterinary practices, positions may be obtained in the emerging biotechnical fields, animal shelters, zoological parks and other animal oriented areas in the public and private sectors. Graduates can expect a varied and satisfying career.

TRU has offered the AHT program in British Columbia since 1981. The program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and combines classroom and laboratory instruction, field and clinical experience with small and large animals. Students have daily hands-on experiences with small animals in the teaching facility on campus. Large animal work is carried out in a separate facility where students develop hands-on experience with livestock, wildlife and birds.

The program involves up to 30 class contact hours of lecture and laboratory per week. Students are also responsible for case study sessions and for providing routine daily care for the University animals. Animal care involves evening and weekend duty. Two 3-week clinical practicums take place at veterinary facilities during the second year of the program.