TRU Science

Admission Information

The program is designed to train individuals for employment as professionals in the field of veterinary medicine. The registered veterinary technologist works under the supervision of veterinarians and veterinary scientists in a variety of areas including diagnostic testing, X-ray, medical procedures, office protocol, animal nursing, anaesthesia and surgical assistance. Employment opportunities can be found with private veterinary practices, medical research centers, zoological parks, government laboratories, animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, pharmaceutical companies, teaching institutions and commercial ranches. Graduates can expect a varied and satisfying career.

The distance program is intended to allow qualified individuals to obtain the theoretical portion of their training by distance education using a combination of electronic and classical hard copy technologies. The clinical, hands on training that is vitally important to a competent animal health technologist will be provided at their place of work. The distance program is available to students anywhere in Canada.

The program is designed to be completed in a minimum of three years. There are three semesters per year of 12 weeks duration each. During each semester the student takes two courses. There is also the opportunity for graduate veterinary technologists to take specific courses for continuing education credits.

The student may opt for a one-time delay in enrolling in the next semester of the program but they must complete the entire program within four years of initial enrollment.

Successful completion of year three of the distance program will result in the student being awarded a Diploma in Animal Health Technology. The student must successfully challenge the Veterinary Technician National Board Exam and apply for registration with their provincial vet tech association to be recognized as a registered veterinary technologist.

Educational requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Foundations of Math 11 or equivalent, C+ average
  • Chemistry 11 or equivalent, C+ average
  • Biology 11 or equivalent, C+ average
  • Biology 12, Chemistry 12 or Physics 12, C+ average.  Note:  Biology 12 or BIOL 0600 is recommended
  • English 12 or BC English Studies 12 or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent, C+ minimum
  • Any pre-requisite courses in progress MUST be completed with an official transcript submitted before November 1st of the year prior to the January start date.

Other requirements

  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Evidence of computer skills *. The student must be familiar with basic word processing, email management (including posting attachments) and internet navigation.
  • Official transcripts from high school and post-secondary education (if applicable).

Application and Information Package

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  • Complete the application and information package signed by both the student and the clinic, verfiying
    • that the student is an employee of the Veterinary Clinic and that they will be working a minimum of 20 hours per week in the clinic throughout their enrolment in the AHTDE program.
    • that a DVM or RVT (with a minimum of 2 years postgrad clinical experience) has agreed to be the "Clinical Mentor" for the student during the time they are enrolled in the AHTDE program course.
    • that the clinic meets or exceeds the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) Practice Standards.
  • Include two reference forms: at least one from your potential Clinical Mentor (CM) which also indicates under the Additional Comments section:
    • their support of you taking the program,
    • how long you have been in their employ in a full service veterinary clinic/hospital
    • you are employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week (volunteer hours do not apply)

Your application must be submitted to our admissions clerk by Sept. 30 of the current year.

Late applications will not be considered.


Thompson Rivers University
805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8

Procedures and Policies

The TRU AHTDE program reserves the right to limit class sizes. In the event that applications are over and above the program's capacity, applicants will be selected on a first come, first served basis (based on complete application packages).

Applicants will be notified of their status (accepted, wait list or not accepted) two months before the start of the program year (January of each year). Those who are accepted into the program will be required to pay their semester fees within four weeks of official notice of acceptance.

Students must pay by semester (two courses). Please consult Student Fees and Expenses on our website. Semester fees must be paid four weeks prior to the commencement of the next AHTDE semester.

Applicants have the right to appeal admission decisions. Appeal procedures are described in the Academic Information of the TRU Calendar.

* Consult the Admission's office for course equivalencies from other educational institutions in Canada. Students who are uncertain of their eligibility may contact the Admission's office.

Language Proficiency Index Exam

An LPI exam score is valid for admission only if it has been written within the last two years. If your test was written over two years ago you must re-write. Please consult with a post secondary institution in your area for information on LPI testing sessions. It is your responsibility to include a copy of the Language Proficiency Index results in your application.

NOTE: you do not need to write an LPI exam if you have the English prerequisites required by our program.

More information

Carol Costache
TRU AHTDE Program Assistant
Phone: 250-377-6104

TRU Animal Health Technology Distance Education Program
Thompson Rivers University,
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8.

Phone: 250-852-7170
Fax: 250-828-5194