Animal Health Technology – Olds College of Agriculture & Technology

Program Info

School: Olds College of Agriculture & Technology
Faculty: School of Life Sciences & Business
Degree: Diploma
Field of Study: Animal Breeding
Animal Health
Animal Nutrition
Animal Sciences, General
Animal Training
Veterinary/Animal Health tech./Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Description: If you love caring for animals and their people, the Animal Health Technology diploma program is for you! Learning from faculty boasting over 150 years of accumulated veterinary experience, you will gain the confidence and skills needed for a successful career in the animal health industry.

As part of this 16-month accelerated program, you will become proficient in handling, treating and caring for cats, dogs, sheep and cattle, at the on-campus animal clinic and working farm. You will learn about diagnostic laboratory procedures, animal disease, anatomy and physiology, surgery and anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and client communication. You will also learn alongside Veterinary Medical Receptionist and Veterinary Technical Assistant students in the animal hospital, providing a real industry environment scenario.

URL: Animal Health Technology at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology
Length: 16 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $3,147

Total cost per year including tuition, fees, books, and supplies: $4,257.66
Note: these costs are for students starting their first term of study in the fall

Enrolment #: 30
Scholarships: 6
Careers: Biological Technologists and Technicians; Veterinary Assistants and Animal Health Technologists



LOCATION: Olds, Alberta
ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September
TELEPHONE: (403) 556-8281
FAX: (403) 556-4711
ADDRESS: 4500 – 50th Street, Olds, Alberta, Canada


Founded in 1913, Olds College has been providing quality education for over a century. With a focus on agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental stewardship, we are proud to be Canada’s Smart Agriculture College. Our regular, continued, online and blended programming offers accessible educational opportunities within Alberta and beyond. We work closely with industry to ensure our graduates have the skills to succeed.

Our areas of expertise include Agriculture, Agriculture Technology, Animal Science, Brewing, Business, Equine, Horticulture, Land & Environment, Meat Processing, Tourism, Trades & Apprenticeships and Transitional Employment. Our emphasis on hands-on training, applied research and innovative learning has resulted in graduates who are in-demand.

On-campus housing is available in our newly constructed Centennial Village private rooms or College Courts townhouses. Living on campus provides many advantages both socially and academically. Off-campus housing is also available through the Students’ Association (SAOC).

Our Career Services Office provides extensive services to students including career fairs, resume-writing and interview skills workshops and an online job board. The Broncos Athletics program competes in 8 different sports in the Alberta Collegiate Athletics Conference (ACAC). A variety of clubs are also supported by the SAOC.

Olds College is situated on traditional Treaty Seven Territory. We have developed two new spaces to enhance our indigenous students’ experience at Olds College: The Olds College Indigenous Centre gathering place and a traditional Blackfoot tipi. Olds College Health & Wellness provides free and confidential services to support students.

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 65
Prerequisites:* These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English
  •  Grade12 Applied Mathematics  or  Grade12 Precalculus
  •  Grade12 Biology
  •  Grade12 Chemistry

Applicants must have 65% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2; 65% or better in Math 30-1 or 30-2; 65% or better in Biology 30; and 65% or better in Chemistry 30.

Test Scores:
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 550] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 80]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Work Experience

Applicants must complete 40 hours of job shadowing and/or employment, submit a Verification Form to verify the 40 required hours, and meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
This is a competitive admission program, so applicants with an average of 80% or higher will be automatically admitted, as long as there is still space in the intake they have applied for. All other qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist and only offered a seat if spaces are still available after all applicants with 80% have been admitted.

Fees & Scholarships

Tuition Fees

  • International Students: The tuition fees for international students at Olds College range from $8,776 to $45,068.
  • Canadian Students: Canadian students should refer to the Fee Schedule on the Olds College website for the most accurate estimates of tuition, fees, and books & supplies costs.


  • The actual tuition fees may vary depending on the program and the number of credits taken.
  • The Fee Schedule on the Olds College website is updated annually.
  • Students should contact the Olds College Admissions Office for more information about tuition fees.

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