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Veterinary Technology Open Learning Diploma

The Program Application Period:
April 1 ~ September 30 of each year for the following January intake.

The TRU Open Learning veterinary technology program allows a student located anywhere in Canada, who is already employed in a veterinary clinical setting, to achieve their goal of becoming a veterinary technologist through online learning. This is achieved by a dynamic partnership of TRU RVT course instructors, a supportive veterinary employer willing to provide clinical mentoring and a student who is a self-motivated, independent learner.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Veterinary Technology Program Accreditation Committee views our Thompson Rivers University veterinary technology program as a fully accredited program delivering training in two methods — on campus and online.

Graduates of our program are eligible to write the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Upon successful completion of the VTNE, graduates can then apply for Registered Veterinary Technologist status with their provincial professional body. This program is recognized in all provinces of Canada and also has full accreditation with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.

Fees and expenses

All expenses incurred by the student during the duration of this program are the responsibility of the student. This includes all workplace expenses, travel to clinical instructional sites, computer and Internet costs, invigilation costs, video costs, mailing and phone charges, etc.

Fees must be paid within four weeks of official notice of acceptance. Payments are on a semester by semester basis.

This program qualifies for Canadian Student Loans. Please contact the TRU Financial Aid and Awards office.

School year course start dates

Classes start at the beginning of January each year. The application deadline is Sept. 30 for the next January class.

Winter semester January to March — 13 weeks
Spring semester May to July — 13 weeks
Fall semester September to November — 13 weeks
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