Thompson Rivers University
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Animal Health Technology - Distance


Description, including aims, goals, and objectives The Animal Health Technology Distance Education program trains 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, anesthesia and surgical assistance.

The AHTDE program allows qualified individuals to obtain the theoretical portion of their training by distance education using a combination of electronic and hard copy technologies. The clinical, "hands on" experience that is vitally important to a competent Animal Health Technologist (AHT) is provided at their place of work. The AHTDE program is available to students anywhere in Canada. The AHTDE program has full accreditation from both the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.


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.

Admission Requirements

Selective admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent)
  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples 67% (C+)
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11 (or equivalent) 67% (C+)
  • Biology 11 (or equivalent) 67% (C+)
  • Chemistry 11 (or equivalent) 67% (C+)
  • One grade 12 science (or equivalent) 67% (C+), Biology recommended
  • Currently working in a veterinary clinical setting
  • Evidence of computer skills*. The student must be familiar with basic word processing, email management and internet navigation. Exposure to a veterinary office management software program would be beneficial.

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