Veterinary Technology – Wildlife Rehabilitation

Program Title: Veterinary Technology – Wildlife Rehabilitation

  • Credential Earned
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma

    Full Time

  • Program Length
    6 Semesters

    Program Status

  • Tuition and Fees Career Coach

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT – H134 (HL) Haileybury Campus

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements or forms that have to be completed before the start of the semester or the date specified.
Requirements for Veterinary Technology – Wildlife Rehabilitation (PDF, 247 Kb)

Bring Your Own Device
Northern College requires all students to have and use their own laptop computer. Course materials are posted online and many courses use online tests, or require students to submit their assignments online through the College’s Learning Management System.

Important Information for Graduates
A limited number of spots are available for graduates of Northern College’s Veterinary Assistant or Animal Grooming programs. Graduates of those programs that wish to apply to the Veterinary Technician / Technology program must have – in addition to the usual requirements for direct entry from high school – a 75 percent minimum average (3.0 GPA) upon graduation from Veterinary Assistant or Animal Grooming programs. Applicants will be assessed according to highest academic achievement in their program.

Program Description
The Wildlife Rehabilitation program is the first of its kind in Ontario. The 3-year program is open to high school graduates and a limited number of third-year spots are available for graduates with Veterinary Technician credentials from other colleges. This program will give students a solid foundation of scientific understanding, and wildlife rehabilitation technical skills gained through field experience. The first and second years are equivalent to the Veterinary Technician program. However, in the third year, students will receive wildlife training. Graduates will be able to explore a wide range of career opportunities in both the private and public sectors, including employment in natural resources, zoos, and wildlife parks, avian rehabilitation centers, natural bird sanctuaries, orphanage programs and any small or large animal veterinary clinic that receives injured wild animals.

All graduates are encouraged to write the provincial Registered Veterinary Technicians examination. The graduates of the Veterinary Technology – Wildlife Rehabilitation program are considered to have met the pre-requisite exam requirements for rehabilitating rabies vector species. This means that if a graduate applies for a Wildlife Custodian Authorization, he or she will be exempted from the requirement to pass the Ontario Rabies Vector Species Exam. Graduates are not exempted from the requirement to apply for and hold a Wildlife Custodian Authorization in order to independently carry out wildlife rehabilitation in Ontario.

This program is oversubscribed. Please apply by February 1st.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may find employment in private and public sectors, including natural resources, zoos, and wildlife parks, avian rehabilitation centers, natural bird sanctuaries and orphanage programs.

Our Veterinary Technician program is accredited by:

  • CVMA
  • OAVT
  • cvo

Contact Information
Lee-Anne Smith
Veterinary Sciences Coordinator
Tel: 705-672-3376 ext. 8812