Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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/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 December 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. The student must also be familiar with downloading and uploading videos, still images and documents and have the means to be able to do so. Exposure to a veterinary office management software program would be beneficial
  • A signed Student Awareness Document 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 throughout their enrolment in the AHTDE program
    • that a DVM or RAHT (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 AHTDE program courses
    • that the clinic meets or exceeds the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia Practice Standards
  • Enclose two reference forms — 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.

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.

Documentation required

The following documentation is required for admission into the program:

  1. Completed application form and a processing fee if you have not applied or attended TRU previously
  2. Official transcripts from high school and post-secondary education (if applicable)
  3. Proof of Citizenship or Permanent Resident status required if applicant not born in Canada
  4. 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
    • you are employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week (volunteer hours do not apply)
  5. Student Awareness Document
  6. Clinic Affiliation Form
  7. All of the above must be received by Sept. 30 of the preceding year to the January start date

Incomplete applications will not be considered

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.