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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Veterinary Technician

Prepare for a career caring for animals.

Learning Outcomes

Critical Performance Outcomes

By the end of this program, graduates will have the ability to:

  • Perform basic patient examinations and accurately document data on vital signs.
  • Recognize behavioural signs of small, large and exotic animals in order to respond in a humane and effective manner.
  • Practice correct methods of treatment when handling, medicating or nursing an animal under care, or while influencing care.
  • Restrain and manage small, large and exotic animals in clinical situations.
  • Prepare pharmaceuticals as prescribed by a veterinarian.
  • Administer medications or treatments by common drug routes or application techniques.
  • Maintain and prepare anesthetic delivery systems for various species and agents.
  • Induce anesthesia, monitor patients under anesthesia and document observations.
  • Prepare and maintain the surgical area ensuring adequate cleanliness or asepsis is achieved.
  • Assist during surgical procedures, maintaining aseptic techniques.
  • Perform dental prophylactic procedures on dogs and cats.
  • Take and produce standard diagnostic radiographs and ultrasounds.
  • Collect and process samples for diagnostic laboratory work.
  • Perform common veterinary diagnostic tests such as blood chemistries, differentials, sensitivities, parasite load assays and EKGs.
  • Provide humane and ethical medical care for a variety of animal species, within the scope of the regulations, laws and statutes of the profession.
  • Develop an awareness of the scope of legislation governing the humane and appropriate use of animals in hospitals, shelters, research facilities, food production, and responsible ownership.
  • Discuss the role of professional associations and memberships, regarding the advancement of the Veterinary Technician both professionally and personally.
  • Contribute effectively to the Health Care Team by demonstrating awareness of the major duties and responsibilities of the members in order to maximize benefits to clients and patients and the facility.
  • Practice professional standards while conducting an array of veterinary procedures independently or under the supervision of a veterinarian in a variety of medical or laboratory settings.
  • Use computer assistance to document and detail client, inventory, procedure or historical information for future reference
  • Function effectively as a member of the multi-disciplinary Veterinary Health Care Team, by understanding and respecting the duties, responsibilities, obligations and limitations of each position.
  • Work independently to support the clinic/facility while respecting the range and limitations of activities permitted under current legislation governing auxiliary workers.
  • Practice consistently high standards of professionalism while advising, instructing or informing clients and co-workers
  • Participate in lifelong learning activities to ensure currency and credibility in the industry.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively orally, in writing, or through electronic means.
  • Practice competent, responsible problem solving, decision-making and self-management skills that will enhance the working environment of all members of the Veterinary Health Care Team.
  • Design, implement and follow up on projects within acceptable time frames, by using foresight and initiative.
  • Seek and generate alternatives for more efficient work activities and routines.
  • Establish and achieve appropriate standards for meeting the housing and nutritional needs of animals under care.
  • Communicate for the purpose of educating, directing, leading and supporting clients, peers, clinicians and the public regarding the veterinary profession and the role of the technician.