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Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.
Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.
You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).
In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:
If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.
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Program delivery varies by program. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.
An animal health technologist is a valuable member of the animal health-care team who performs a large range of tasks, such as nursing, diagnostic procedures and client interactions, to assist veterinarians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in animals. The program focuses on practical skills used in both small and large animal practices, including lab work, x-rays and medical and surgical nursing.
The Animal Health Technology program is also available as a full-time offering.
Our faculty includes 3 veterinarians and 10 veterinary technologists with over 15 years experience
Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.
Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.
You’ll train in NAIT’s Animal Health Clinic, which provides basic veterinary services for dogs and cats owned by NAIT staff and students. It’s here where you’ll receive hands-on experience in procedures that include spays and neuters, vaccinations and teeth cleaning.
As an Animal Health Technology student, you must handle ill or injured animals of all shapes and sizes. You’ll travel to farms and animal hospitals and treat more than just dogs and cats. To be successful in this program – and career – having a genuine interest in the treatment of all animals is a must!
Our Structured Part-Time Pathways model allows busy professionals to work during the day while they pursue a diploma education at home and on weekends. It can also give parents added flexibility to provide care for their children.
Thanks to a set schedule of 2-3 courses a term, our students study with the confidence of knowing they’ll acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workforce, and graduate as quickly as possible. While intensive, this schedule is designed to allow students to fully absorb the information and balance coursework with everyday life.
All of our courses are taught by experts with industry experience in the real world who take pride in the quality education NAIT provides, and the success of their students.
Learn more about the Structured Part-Time Pathways:
Work or care for your family during the day, and pursue a diploma education in the evening, on weekends, or around your unique work schedule.
NOTE: Be sure to select the "Structured Part-Time Pathways" option when you apply with Apply Alberta.
Below you'll find the courses you can expect to take in each term. All Structured Part-time Pathway courses offered for Animal Health Technology are delivered in a blended format. Each course is delivered online with labs taking place on and off NAIT campus on weekends or week residencies.
Upon graduation of the program, you will find a wide range of employment options, from assisting veterinarians in private practice to working at animal research facilities and zoos.
As an animal health technologist, you will have the hands-on skills to perform a variety of tasks including laboratory analysis of blood, urine and fecal samples. You’ll also be able to assist and perform radiographic procedures, and assist in anesthetic and surgical procedures.
As a graduate, you’ll also be eligible to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam and may receive transfer credits to the following degree programs:
The Animal Health Technology program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
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Some NAIT programs are unavailable to international students because they do not meet eligibility for a study permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
Study permit: This program is a credit certificate and meets the criteria for a study permit and a co-op work permit; however, study permit holders do not have permission to work while studying part-time
Co-op Work Permit: Students enrolled in this program must complete a Clinical Experience. As such, you must apply for a co-op work permit and receive approval before the start of your work placement.
Post-Graduation Work Permit: Due to the part-time nature of Structured Part-Time Programs, this program does not meet the criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program. Completion of this program will not make you eligible for a PGWP.
International applicants seeking permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT Academic Advisor – International to discuss options.
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The Animal Health Technology program can be taken part-time in the evenings. Learn how to provide nursing care, diagnostic procedures and client interactions to assist veterinarians.
For more than 10 years, NAIT has helped provide necessary blood products for dogs in need of transfusions.
56 donors raised $3,130 to support this project.
This project ended on Oct 30, 2018.
Elaine Degrandpre joined 3 Edmonton-based veterinary professionals at Nunavut Arctic College, donating her time and talent to vaccinate, deworm and provide blood tests for northern pets.
NAIT alum Kristen King (Animal Health Technology '15) provides a glimpse into her role at Wild North and rehabilitating injured wildlife so they can be returned to their habitat.
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