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A rewarding career

The Veterinary Technology diploma at Dal's Faculty of Agriculture in Truro, NS will prepare you for an exciting career as a technician to practicing veterinarians or researchers.


Put your knowledge to work

Receive hands-on, practical experience by completing an internship and two externships, ranging from private practice to specialty referral centres.


Discover your passion

Take a variety of courses in animal medicine and nursing, clinical exercises and pathology and more. Learn about large animal practice, lab animals and alternative pet medicine.


Small class sizes

Enrolment to this program is limited to 40, so you'll benefit from small classes and close interactions with faculty.


Study at the Faculty of Agriculture in Truro

Located one hour from Halifax in Truro, NS, Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus is a great place to study, work and live.

Top 8 reasons to study Veterinary Technology at Dalhousie:

  1. Enjoy an exceptionally high employment rate as a graduate of this program, which gives you a chance to make a difference in the lives of animals.
  2. Get the training and skills you'll need to enter the exciting world of veterinary medicine as a job-ready veterinary technician.
  3. Learn by working with a multitude of species, including our main focus of cats and dogs, but also horses, cows, sheep and lab animals.
  4. Gain practical experience by completing an internship and two externships, ranging from private practice to specialty referral centres.
  5. Learn from veterinary technicians and veterinarians. Many of our instructors work in private practices, keeping our program current and bringing a diversity of rich experience to share with students.
  6. Get access to our small animal teaching hospital space, where you'll learn radiology, anesthesia and nursing skills.
  7. The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Our animal facilities are approved for teaching by the Canadian Council on Animal Care, and our clinic is accredited by the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association.
  8. Prepare for a career with future opportunities in eight specialties, including anesthesia, equine and emergency medicine.

What will I learn?


Students learn about animal nursing and medications, how to assist with surgery, monitor general anaesthesia, take radiographs, perform lab tests and counsel clients on dentistry and other issues.

What can I do?


We prepare you to work in small and large animal vet practices, but our alumni also work as animal shelter managers, veterinary-related sales reps, research animal technicians, and other exciting career options.