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

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.

Why Study Wildlife Rehabilitation?

  • You have a passion for animals and preserving the natural ecosystem
  • You want to help reduce mortality and suffering in orphaned, injured and ill wild animals.
  • You wish to draw upon, widen and deepen your Veterinary Technician professional animal nursing skills and knowledge
  • You want to add to your employability credentials and career path options, making your resume stand out with a Veterinary Technologist designation, and also by broadening your skill sets beyond the usual focus on small animal private practice veterinary clinics.
  • You want to grow as an individual:
    • Improve your effectiveness in working and communicating with others in a variety of possible capacities — related to but also potentially beyond wildlife rehabilitation.
    • Grow your skills in motivating and managing volunteers in non-profit organizations, and in taking on leadership projects and opportunities that you might otherwise not have the opportunity for at this stage in your career

Why Study Wildlife Rehabilitation at Northern College?

  • Learn the specific knowledge involved in rehabilitating wildlife: nursing and technical skills; raptor, avian and mammalian studies; nutrition; habitat; facilities operations; legislation; non-profit organization management and promotion.
  • Faculty experienced in this specialized field
  • Prepares you for the Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitation Exam and/or applying for Wildlife Custodian Authorization status
  • Curriculum covers the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association (NWRA) standards
  • Incorporates the Wildlife Educators Code of Ethics
  • Prepares you to write the optional exam to become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC)
  • Only program of its kind in Canada

Our graduates have found work in areas such as:

  • Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organizations
  • Zoos
  • Exotic animal veterinary practices
  • Traditional veterinary practices, many of which have occasions where the public brings them injured or ill wildlife

Important Information for Applicants:

  • This 3-year program is open to high school graduates, who begin by taking the first and second years of our Veterinary Technician program before proceeding into the 3rd year of specialization. Apply via OCAS to Program H134, Semester 1.
  • A limited number of third-year spots are available for graduates with Veterinary Technician credentials from other colleges.
    Apply via OCAS to Program H134 — but specify Entry Level to be Semester 5, not Semester 1]

Our Veterinary Technician program is accredited by:

  • CVMA
  • OAVT
  • cvo

Contact Information
Kellie Broderick
Program Assistant, School of Veterinary Sciences
705-672-3376 ext. 8854