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Admission Requirements

Competition for admission to the Veterinary Technology program is extremely intensive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to an orientation session or admission into the program.

The application deadline is February 1


Educational Requirements:

  1. Grade 12 or equivalent
  2. English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 or equivalent, with a minimum of C+ 
  3. Foundations of Mathematics 11 or equivalent, with a minimum of C+ 
  4. Life Sciences 11 (formerly Biology 11) or equivalent, with a minimum of C+
  5. Strongly recommend Anatomy & Physiology 12 (formerly Biology 12) or BIOL 0600 as in the first semester students must have a working knowledge of animal anatomy to perform physical examinations including eye and ear exams on live patients.  For patient safety, tasks such as understanding anatomical locations and basic physiology MUST be developed prior to the program to ensure student success.

All other applicants please submit official transcripts of previous secondary school (Ministry of Education transcript) and post-secondary education by the deadline.  Transcripts may be submitted by the applicant or the issuing institution directly.

General Requirements:

  1. Proof of Canadian Citizenship (copy of birth certificate or passport) or copy of Permanent Resident card if not a Canadian citizen (MANDATORY)
  2. Accreditation of the TRU Veterinary Technology program indicates that applicants must have "an understanding of a career in veterinary technology." In order to accomplish this requirement the following 3 parts of the application must be completed. VTEC Application Checklist  Detailed information is listed under the "How to Apply to Veterinary Technology" link
    a) Part 1: watch selected videos and complete a know, wonder, learn word document
    b) Part 2: interview a Registered Veterinary Technologist and keep detailed notes
    c) Part 3: create a 4-7 minute introduction Q&A video
  3. A resume
  4. Three reference letters emailed by your referee. The references must be from these areas:
    i) animal related work or volunteer experience,
    ii) any non-animal work or volunteer experience.
  5. If shortlisted attend a mandatory virtual Program Orientation Session upon invitation from the Animal Health Department. Attending the orientation session does not guarantee a seat in the program.
  6. Successful medical upon acceptance

Note: Applicants should have an interest in working with and caring for animals. This includes such areas as farms, SPCA, wildlife refuges or any other animal oriented facility. Students should have a desire to develop manual and technical skills. Consultation with practicing RVTs is mandatory.