Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Admission Requirements

Competition for admission to the AHT program is extremely intensive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to an orientation session or admission into the program.

Educational requirements

  1. Grade 12 or equivalent
  2. Foundations of Math 11 or equivalent, C+ minimum grade
  3. Chemistry 11 or equivalent, C+ minimum grade
  4. Biology 11 or equivalent, C+ minimum grade
  5. Biology 12, Chemistry 12 or Physics 12  or equivalent, C+ minimum grade.  Biology 12 is recommended.
  6. English 12/English 12 First Peoples or equivalent, C+ minimum grade

High school students must submit their Ministry of Education transcript (confirming grade 11 marks) and their grade 12 report cards, confirming enrolment of any relevant prerequisites in progress.  All other applicants please submit official transcripts of previous secondary school (Ministry of Education transcript) and post-secondary education by the deadline.  Transcripts may be submitted by the applicant or the issuing institution directly.

General requirements

  1. Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  2. Evidence of orientation to a veterinary practice (signature of veterinarian required). It is required that applicants complete a minimum of two weeks (80 hours) working, volunteering or observing in a veterinary clinic
  3. Submission of completed questionnaire with application
  4. One reference form from each of the following 3 areas: current veterinary orientation site: other animal related (non-veterinary) work or volunteer experience and any non-animal work or volunteer experience
  5. Submission of Language Proficiency Index results if applicable
  6. Attendance at Program Orientation Session upon invitation from the Animal Health Technology Department
  7. Successful medical — upon acceptance

Note: Applicants should have a sound secondary school background and an interest in working with and caring for animals. This includes such areas as farms, SPCA, wildlife refuges or any other animal oriented facility. Students should have a desire to develop manual and technical skills. A minimum of 80 hours of practical experience in a veterinary facility is essential for admission to the AHT program. Consultation with practicing AHTs is strongly advised.

Curricula between different AHT programs may not qualify for transferability of equal course credits and will only be considered if space is available. Please review the course content of Thompson Rivers University's AHT curriculum and courses with the AHT program where you are currently enrolled. Careful consideration may be given for transferring from one institution's AHT program to TRU's AHT program but credit is not granted automatically.