TRU Science

Admission Requirements

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
  • 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.
  • 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.

General 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.
  • A signed Student Awareness Document (included in application package) verifying student understanding of:
    • Pregnancy Policy
    • Academic Integrity
    • Forum Discussion Etiquette
    • Student Expectations in the program
  • 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 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
  • Enclose two reference forms (included in application package) — at least one of these to be from your potential Clinical Mentor, which also indicates under the Additional Comments section:
    • their support of you taking this AHTDE program;
    • how long you have been in their employ;
    • that you are employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week (volunteering does not apply).
  • Health/Safety Acknowledgement Form (included in application package).

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).

Application for entry into the program must be received by Sept. 30 of the year preceding the January start date.

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.