Associate Diploma In Veterinary Technology Alternative Delivery

Frequently Asked Questions About Alternative Delivery

What academic qualifications do I need in order to apply to the program?
Applicants to the Veterinary Technology Alternative Diploma program require the same academic pre-admission requirements are those who apply to the Conventional delivery format.

How do I apply to this program?
Applicants apply to both formats of the Veterinary Technology diploma through The program code for the Alternative delivery code is R306. The application period is between mid-October and February 1st. No late applications are considered for this program.

How long does the program take to complete?
The program will take three years (nine semesters) to complete. On-campus training will take place from the first of May until the end of July or the first part of August each summer for three consecutive years. There are specific fall and winter correspondence (distance format) courses to be completed in these semesters, prior to attending each summer semester. A four-week externship (work placement) will be completed at the end of the third summer semester.

How much does the program cost?
You can view estimated costs on the Fees page.

Will there be residence accommodations available on-campus?
No, residence is not available during the summer months. An off-campus housing list is available on our website.

Will there be meals available on campus?
The cafeteria on campus is not open during the summer months. There is a student lounge outfitted with a microwave and vending machines located within the Veterinary Technology building.

Are there vaccine requirements for students of the Veterinary Technology program?
A series of three preventative rabies vaccines will be administered at the campus in May of the first summer semester. The fee for these vaccines will be applied that semsters's invoice. Proof of current Tetanus and Diphtheria must also be presented to the Vet. Tech. administration personnel upon the student’s arrival in May. (Verification of dates of immunization should be presented on an immunization card or note from a doctor’s office.)

Will I be required to write the final exams for the distance courses at the Campus?
There will be a designated dates for both the mid-term and final exams to be written. These exams are to be written at Ridgetown Campus. If you are unable to be present it will be necessary for you to contact the Veterinary Technology department at the campus. If permission is granted and the exam is being written off-campus, it will be your responsibility to make arrangements with an invigilator (preferably a staff member of an educational institution) and provide our Veterinary Technology administrative assistant with the invigilator’s name, phone number and complete mailing address of the institution. If there is a fee incurred for invigilation, payment is on the onus of the student, not the campus.

How are the distance courses handled?
The distance modules are supplied as hard copy material. Quizzes are completed on-line during the fall and winter months. Currently no web-based courses are available for this program. Grades received on the quizzes are posted on the web. Notices and reminders are also posted on the web for the students’ reference.

Who do I contact if I need assistance with the distance courses?
The name, phone number and e-mail address of the instructor responsible for each course will be located in the binder of the course material. Enquiries can be phoned, faxed, e-mailed or written to the Veterinary Technology department of the campus. Student home e-mail addresses are shared amongst the classmates for interaction purposes. Mrs. Judy O’Brien, Administrative Assistant of the Vet. Tech. programs, is the main contact liaison for the program. Her contact information is as follows: or phone 519-674-1500 x63670. fax: 519-674-1675.

When can I expect to receive my first distance course package?
The initial fall distance courses will be available at the Vet. Tech. Alternative Information Day held at the campus in early September. A notice is sent out from the campus indicating the date, time and location of the information session that is held for all new VTA students in September. For anyone unable to be present on that day, a distance package will be mailed out. It should arrive by the middle of September. It will be necessary to successfully complete the fall and winter semester distance courses prior to entering the summer semester eash May.

Can I transfer into the Veterinary Technology Conventional program at the campus from this program once the program commences if a position becomes available?
No. Although the course material is similar to the Conventional program, the structure of the Alternative program is entirely different and thus transfer into the Conventional program will not be allowed.

Will I have the same qualifications as a veterinary technician when I graduate from the Alternative program as the graduating students of the Veterinary Technology Conventional program?
Yes. You will graduate with a University of Guelph Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology just as the Conventional study students. Your educational training during the three years will make you a fully qualified veterinary technician. After graduation you will be qualified to apply to write the North American Registered Veterinary Technician exam.

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