Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Animal Health Technology

Our on-campus and distance education programs offer a high level of training in the field of animal care. They are designed to train individuals for employment as professionals in the field of veterinary medicine.


Two-year on-campus diploma for registered veterinary technologists

The program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and combines classroom and laboratory instruction, field and clinical experience with small and large animals.

Three-year distance-education diploma for registered veterinary technologists

Study and complete your education from anywhere in Canada, with no on-campus requirements. The student must be a paid employee working in a Canadian veterinary clinic for a minimum of 20 hours per week while enrolled in the program.

One-year distance-education animal welfare certificate

A program for animal caregivers interested in upgrading their work skills or for individuals interested in a career in animal welfare. It was jointly developed by TRU and the BC SPCA.

Opportunities for students

Campus students have daily hands-on experiences with small animals in the teaching facility on campus. Large animal work is carried out in a separate facility where students develop hands-on experience with livestock, wildlife and birds.

Distance students anywhere in Canada can achieve their goal of becoming an animal health technologist via our internet-based program.

Careers for graduates

A registered veterinary 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, anaesthesia and surgical assistance. 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.