Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

AHT Diploma

Two-year diploma for veterinary technologists

Cat being checked by veterinary students at Knutsford Farm

The AHT program is designed to train individuals for employment as professionals in the field of veterinary medicine. 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, anesthesia and surgical assistance

Most graduates are employed in private veterinary practices. Occasionally, positions may be obtained in the emerging biotechnical fields, animal shelters, zoological parksand other animal oriented areas in the public and private sectors. Graduates can expect a varied and satisfying career.

The Animal Health Technology program has a longstanding history at TRU. Since 1981, our program has offered small class sizes, quality course work and unique training opportunities. Our program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and combines classroom and laboratory instruction, field and clinical experience with small and large animals. 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.

There are 30 hours a week of combined lecture and laboratory work. Students are also responsible for case study sessions and for providing routine daily care for the university animals. Animal care involves evening and weekend duty. Two, 3-week clinical practicums take place at veterinary facilities during the second year of the program.

Video created by AHT students Evangeline McElwain, Caitlyn Knight, and Ali Lussier

A unique learning experience

Top 10 reasons to pursue an AHT diploma:

  • Innovative, knowledgeable and experienced faculty
  • Daily opportunities to acquire practical skills
  • Onsite program animals (dogs, cats, rats, mice)
  • Access to our university farm for large animal experiences
  • Field trips and class work at the BC Wildlife Park
  • AHT grads consistently score high in provincial exam
  • Low student to instructor ratio in laboratory sessions
  • Opportunity to adopt TRU animals open to students at the end of each semester
  • Option to access the National Laboratory Animal Examination for provisional status
  • Veterinary employers in British Columbia and Alberta specifically recruit and hire TRU AHT graduates