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Veterinary Technology

Available at: Kingston


This three-year program has an excellent nationwide reputation for producing highly skilled graduates who fit easily into a biomedical research setting or a veterinary clinic setting. Our graduates leave with excellent scientific training as well as the practical laboratory and veterinary technical skills needed in today’s workplace.


Graduates are eligible for registration by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science and for membership in the Ontario Association of Veterinary Techni­cians. They are eligible to write the OAVT and CA­LAS/ACTAL provisional registry examinations in their graduating year. Our graduates often obtain the highest scores on the Veterinary Technician National Registry Exam compared to other Ontario colleges.

St. Lawrence College Veterinary Technology Program is fully accredited by: 

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians
Canadian Council on Animal Care
College of Veterinarians of Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Career Opportunities

While most graduates find employment in veterinary hospitals and research labs; many have chosen careers in pharmaceutical and pet-food sales, animal shelters, zoos and wildlife research stations. Many have found employment in animal care services at universities across the country or work alongside some of Canada’s leading biomedical researchers. Others have found employment at veterinary colleges or have created their own businesses.

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Program Name

Veterinary Technology

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $5,523.54. Compulsory fees are $1,062.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $14,650.00. Compulsory fees are $1,740.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1 (15 weeks)
ANIM 101 Mammalian Behaviour
ANIM 102 Veterinary Anatomy
ANIM 104 Small Animal Clinical Procedures
CHEM 100 General & Organic Chemistry
CHEM 151 General Chemistry Techniques (45T)
MATH 150 Biological Mathematics
GENE 24 Ethics and Critical Thinking

Semester 2 (15 weeks)
ANIM 107 Veterinary Hospital Management
ANIM 108 Physiology
BIOL 201 Veterinary Parasitology & Mycology
GENE 60 Contemporary Topics in the Workplace
CHEM 203 Applied Biochemistry
COMH 155 Computer Applications

Semester 3 (15 weeks)
ANIM 206 Small Animal Clinical Procedures II
ANIM 2500 Clinical Laboratory Procedures I
ANIM 2601 Anesthesia (45h)
ANIM 2700 Pharmacology
ANIM 1000 Laboratory Animal Welfare & Techniques
ANIM 312 Wildlife and Exotics
BIOL 153 Introductory to Microbiology (30T + 45L)

Semester 4 (15 weeks)
ANIM 200 Laboratory Animal Anesthesia and Surgical Techniques
ANIM 202 Surgical Nursing I
ANIM 205 Veterinary Imaging and Advanced Clinical Procedures
ANIM 2400 Animal Nutrition
ANIM 2501 Clinical Laboratory Procedures II
ANIM 3300 Anaesthesia & Critical Care
MATH 160 Statistics for Veterinary Technology
MICR 212 Veterinary Microbiology

Semester 5 (15 weeks)
ANIM 209 Livestock
ANIM 304 Surgical Nursing II
ANIM 307 Veterinary Dentistry and Advanced Clinical Procedures
ANIM 309 Laboratory Animal Research Techniques
ANIM 310 Research Techniques II
ANIM 311 Veterinary Immunology
PATH 305 General Pathology
INTN 312 Placement Information
ANIM 3200 Histology

Placement (2 x 5 week placement, 1 x 4 week placement)
INTN 310 Work Experience
General Education Online

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites: 

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level; MCT4 recommended  
  • Grade 12 Chemistry at the C or U level (or SCH3U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level
  • Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) 

Applicants to the Veterinary Technology program are required to write the HOAE as part of their application. Click here 

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.



Health Requirements


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


When I graduated from high school I knew that I wanted to work in a small animal clinic as a veterinary assistant, but there were no programs offered in the Maritimes. Through the help of my guidance counsellor, I found SLC. It was exactly what I was looking for. My three years in Kingston and the Veterinary Technology program was a very positive and enjoyable time of my life.

Margot Nickerson

Program Contact

Paula Kirkwood-Zahara

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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