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    Veterinary Technician

Program Code:VTE
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This program trains para-professional personnel to support and complement veterinary practitioners, public health officers, and biomedical research scientists.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Pre-exposure immunization for rabies is required for all students entering the VTE program.
  • Due to the physical requirements of the career, the ability to lift 25kg is needed.

Applicant Selection:

  • As this is an oversubscribed program, applicants will be required to attend a standardized orientation where they will complete a mandatory $55 pre-admissions screening test in English and Math. Please click here for a practice test.


  • Although not required for admission, a strong background in math, sciences, and communication skills are considered assets.
  • Work experience with animals may also be considered in the selection of applicants.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Become a Veterinary Technician. With our four–semester diploma program, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in veterinary practices, health science schools, hospitals, research institutes, the food industry, wildlife services, zoological parks, government agencies and industry sales.

Areas of Study/Features/Benefits

As a student in VTE, you will study animal behaviour, small, large and laboratory animal nursing, dentistry, anaesthesiology, nutrition, clinical pathology, parasitology, microbiology, radiography, pharmacology, surgical techniques, comparative anatomy and physiology, genetics, and liberal studies. You will also learn animal care and responsibilities, as they are important components of the program.

Your studies will include small group hands–on learning and comprehensive instruction in small, large and laboratory companion animals.

This highly respected program is located at Seneca’s picturesque King Campus in the GTA. In addition to its state–of–the–art facility and equipment, the program is well recognized for its excellent instructors, quality graduates and high placement rates.

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as a "Registered Veterinary Technician" (RVT), graduates must meet and maintain specific qualifications and conditions of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT), including successful completion of the Veterinary Technician Examination. Seneca's Veterinary Technician program has been approved by the OAVT Board of Directors.

For more information on RVT qualifications, please visit

Accreditation and Affiliation

  • AVMA reciprocity
  • CVMA teaching facility
  • OAVT teaching facility
  • CVO licensed veterinary facility
  • CCAC GAP certified
  • OMAFRA registration

Field Work

You will benefit from work experience in a veterinary facility sometime during the first three semesters. In the fourth semester, you will gain further practical experience by working in an animal care facility.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Hartpury College• Bachelor of Science (Hons) Animal Management Programme

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
APY112 Veterinary Comparative Anatomy and Physiology 7
BOA112 Behaviour of Animals 2
CCA112 Clinical Care of Animals I 2
CLP100 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures I 2
EAC150 College English 3
ETY100 Veterinary Etymology 1
MED101 Medical Clinics I 4
VMT112 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 1
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BUG200 Parasitology 5
CCA212 Clinical Care of Animals II 3
CLP200 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures II 3
MED200 Medical Clinics II and Diseases 6
NOA212 Nutrition of Animals I 1
PMY200 Pharmacology 4
RAD212 Introductory Radiography 3
VMT212 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics II 1
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CCA312 Clinical Care of Animals III 3
CLP300 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures III 4
LAS312 Large and Small Mammal Studies 4
MED300 Medical Clinics III and Dentistry 2
RAD312 Advanced Radiography 4
SGT312 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Techniques 8
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CCA412 Clinical Care of Animals IV 4
CLP400 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures IV 3
EXO412 Exotics 2
GEB312 Genetics and Bioethics 3
MED400 Medical Clinics IV and Dentistry 2
NOA412 Nutrition of Animals II 1
SGT412 Surgery II 4
VPL400 Field Placement 7
VTE400 Hospital and Career Management 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Cathy Dawson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55026
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Cathy Dawson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55026
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Emma Brown
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55247
Program Chair: Maria May
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55143
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Veterinary Technician graduates Tarah Holmes and Sarah Carnagie, who also teaches in the program, are featured on Rogers TV. Video

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