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Animal Health Technology

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
The Animal Health Technology (AHT) program has a long-standing reputation for producing highly skilled and capable professionals. Students receive training in animal nursing, surgical assistance, anesthesiology, laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology and dental procedures. Studies include animal diseases, animal behavior, parasitology, nutrition, microbiology, hematology, ethics, anatomy, physiology, pathology and terminology. Students also practice communications, office procedures and client relations. Our campus features a working farm with a variety of large animals plus companion animals on site. These provide our students with many opportunities to gain experience in handling, treating and caring for live patients of all sizes. Practical expertise is emphasized and complemented with relevant theory taught by highly qualified, skilled and experienced veterinary professionals. Students also have the opportunity to spend time in veterinary clinics and other veterinary facilities. In addition to more traditional lecture and laboratory settings, students in second year will do rotations in the on-site small animal clinic and a six-week clinical practicum at facilities throughout Canada. Graduates of our Animal Health Technology program are eligible to write the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) for membership in the Provincial Association.

Office of the Registrar
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 4C4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
  The applicant must have the following prerequisites: 
  • High School Diploma
  • English 30-1 or English 30-2
  • Mathematics 30-1 (minimum 50%) or Mathematics 30-2 (minimum 65%)
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Verification of 40 hours job shadowing experience
Selection Criteria
  The applicant must have at least 40 hours of job shadowing with a Registered Animal Health Technologist in a veterinary practice environment. The applicant must provide a completed Verification of Work Experience form.   The Animal Health Technology program can be oversubscribed and therefore applicants must meet or exceed all academic course requirements and complete the volunteer and/or paid animal care work experience hours.   For more detailed information and an application checklist and forms, visit: or contact the Animal Health Technology office at 780-835-6630

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $5,158.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,978.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,000.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 24, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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