Animal Health Technology Diploma - Distance


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 AHT distance 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 is provided at their place of work. The program is available to students anywhere in Canada.


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.



Selective admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum C+ (or equivalent)
  • Chemistry 11 with a minimum C+ (or equivalent)
  • Life Sciences 11 with a minimum C+ (or equivalent)
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12, Chemistry 12 or Physics 12 with a minimum C+ (or equivalent). Anatomy & Physiology 12 is recommended.
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum C+ (or equivalent)
  • Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
  • Evidence of computer skills. Students must be familiar with basic word processing, email management (including posting attachments) and Internet navigation. Students must also be familiar with downloading and uploading videos, still images and documents and have the means to be able to do so. Exposure to a veterinary office management software program would be beneficial.
  • A signed TRU Clinic Affiliation form verifying:
    • That the student is an employee of the Veterinary Clinic and that they will be working a minimum of 20 hours per week when they are enrolled in the AHTDE program. The student must have been employed for a minimum of 4 months in their clinic prior to the start date of admission into the AHTDE program.
    • That a DVM or RAHT/RVT (with minimum 2 years post graduate clinical experience) has agreed to be the "Clinical Mentor" for the student during the time they are enrolled in AHTDE program courses.
    • That the clinic meets or exceeds the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia Practice Standards.
  • Two reference forms - at least one of these from your potential Clinical Mentor, indicating their support of you taking the AHTDE program and confirming how long you have been employed at the clinic and that you are employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week – (volunteering does not apply).
  • Health/Safety Acknowledgement Form

Next Steps

Apply to this program Visit the program website View program information package


Specific questions about this program?
Phone: 250-852-7170

Tuition & Fees

Cost for this program per semester:

  • Canadian
  • International
Choose the number of courses:
Tuition $0.00
Fees $0.00
Books and supplies
Typically about $150 per course
Total (CDN) $0.00

Does not include a lab fee of $21.71 that may apply to some courses.

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