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Veterinarian Technical Assistant

Veterinarian Technical Assistant

Here is an opportunity to get started on your future as a Veterinary Technician. The Veterinary Technical Assistant is a valued member of a veterinary practice team and works alongside veterinary professionals, Animal Health Technicians, and shelter staff in the small animal industry. Animals need care and lots of love. A VTA does both and most importantly enjoys working with small animals.

Come and explore your passion with hands-on learning opportunities to work with small animals, through course based work and experiential learning.

Dual Credit - Veterinarian Technical Assistant Brochure 2020.pdf


  • Semester 1 - ATH 1050 - Introduction to the Veterinary Industry
  • Semester 2 - VTA 6020 - Veterinary Clinical Procedures

Location: Cardinal Collins Millwoods on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 7:00 pm


  • Students must have completed Grade 10
  • Students must complete one of the following courses in Grade 11: Biology 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20
  • Math 20 - 1 or 20 - 2 by the end of grade 11
  • English 30 - 1 or 30 - 2 by the end of grade 12 

Registration Details

  • The course is in partnership with Olds College
  • The cost of each course is $60.00
  • Textbooks and materials will be supplied

Potential Future Careers

  • Veterinary hospital / clinic
  • Boarding kennels
  • Grooming facilities
  • SPCA / Humane Society
  • Training / Obedience Assistance 

Course Evaluation

Students will have both the Alberta Education courses and Olds College courses on their high school transcript.  They will receive 5 CTS Advanced level (3000) per course and 3 credits at the post-secondary level per course.