The Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with Olds College, offers students an opportunity to earn a Dual-Credit Veterinary Technical Assistant Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year. This is a two year program offered to Calgary Catholic District students.

When is the information session?
An information session will be held for parents and students.
When: March 6, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Olds College Calgary Campus
(Bow Valley College, 7th floor lecture theatre, room S7044, south tower) map.

What is a Veterinary Technical Assistant?
Veterinary Technical Assistant (VTA) is an entry level program that introduces students to the veterinary industry and animal care. The VTA is a valued member of a veterinary practice team and works alongside veterinary professionals, animal health technicians and shelter staff in the small animal industry. Animals need care and lots of love. A VTA does both and, most importantly, enjoys working with small animals.

Program delivery occurs two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday) at Olds College Calgary Campus located on the Bow Valley College Campus from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. The course combines on-campus labs, with online and classroom learning. In their second year, students will receive small animal restraint and handling lab held at the Calgary Humane Society, as well as a required off-campus field trip to the Olds College main campus in Olds, Alberta.

Who may enrol in this two year program?
Students applying in Grade 10 must complete the prerequisite, HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems. It is important that students understand that this program is a two year commitment. Students must complete Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Science 20 in Semester 1 of Grade 11 and Math 20-1 or 20-2 in Semester 2 of Grade 11. By the end of Grade 12 students must complete English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2.

Note: A maximum of 24 CCSD students will be enrolled each year.

How do students earn an Olds College Dual-Credit Veterinary Technical Assistant Certificate while in high school?
Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using Olds College Veterinary Technical Assistant courses. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of both Alberta Education and the Olds College Dual-Credit Veterinary Technical Assistant Program.

Are there any special program requirements?
Students in Grade 11 will be required to receive their rabies vaccination series in order to participate in the Small Animal Restraint and Handling lab held at the Calgary Humane Society.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) partners with Olds College to provide pre-exposure rabies immunization, free of charge, to high-risk occupations including veterinarians, veterinary technicians/assistants, animal research workers and students in these programs.

The free clinics are offered in series that takes place over 21 days with immunizations scheduled on day 0, day 7, and day 21. The pre-exposure rabies immunization schedule is stringent so individuals receiving the immunization must be available on all three (3) dates. Your program supervisor will advise you of these predetermined dates. If the student is unable to attend any of the predetermined dates, the student will be placed on a waitlist to obtain the vaccines at the cost of the student.

Following the immunization series, a requisition for blood work (serology) will also be provided to the student. There is no cost to you for this procedure. The purpose of this blood work is to ensure that the student has developed adequate antibodies (immunity) to rabies.

The student will receive a letter from the CDC Unit indicating the antibody levels to rabies about a month after the student goes for serology. If it is determined that the antibodies are inadequate, the student will be contacted by telephone to arrange a booster dose of vaccine. It is important to complete the rabies blood work to ensure protection against rabies infection. It is also recommended to confirm the rabies antibodies every two years if the student continues to work or volunteer in a high-risk occupation. Students will need to initiate this process with their own family physician.

Who will teach the courses?
Olds College instructors will deliver the program at the Olds College Calgary Campus. This is located at Bow Valley College. Students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students attend classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Students must have the fourth period block open to travel to Bow Valley College.

How do students get to Olds College classes located at Bow Valley Campus?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Bow Valley College. LRT access takes students right onto the campus. Parking is also available at a cost to the students.

Is there a cost to the program?
The program is free to all students who are enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school. Students are responsible for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. scrubs) and instructional resources. The cost of this program after high school is $3,700.

How do I apply?
Interested CCSD students can apply at their high schools through their counselor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher. Submit completed applications by Friday, March 23, 2018.

What does the course load look like?
The program consists of four semesters beginning in a student’s Grade 11 year.

Grade 10

  • Attend Parent & Student Information Session
  • Complete application
  • Complete HCS3000 (1 credit online CTS course)
Note: Participants must be 15 years of age upon beginning the program.


Grade 11 (15 credits) Semesters 1 & 2

  • Complete one of Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Science 20 (Semester 1)
  • Complete Math 20-1 or 20-2 (Semester 2)
Olds College Calgary Campus Courses:

Semester 1
- September to December, 1 day/week (Tuesdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
  • AHT1050 Introduction to the Veterinary Profession
Semester 2 - February to May, 2 days/week (Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
  • VTA6020 Principles of Veterinary Clinical Procedures
  • VTA 6040 Patient Preparation and Husbandry
Grade 12 (10 credits) Semesters 1 & 2
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

Olds College Calgary Campus Courses:


Semester 1
- September to December, 2 days/week
  • VTA 6010 Small Animal Restraint and Handling
Semester 2 - February to May, 2 days/week
  • VTA 6030 Veterinary Equipment and Instrumentation

How do I earn Dual Credits?
Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using Olds College Veterinary Technical Assistant courses. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of both Alberta Education and the Olds College Dual-Credit Veterinary Technical Assistant Program.

What are the advantages of enrolling in this program?
Successful students may begin working as a VTA immediately following completion of high school without any further post-secondary training or experience in this field. Successful graduates of the program will earn:
  • 25 high school (LDC) credits
  • An Olds College Certificate of Completion.
    Note: As a VTA an overall GPA of 2.0 (62%) must be achieved.

Veterinary Technical Assistant

The Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with Olds College, offers students an opportunity to earn a Dual-Credit Veterinary Technical Assistant Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year. This is a two year program offered to Calgary Catholic District students.

When is the information session?
An information session will be held for parents and students.
When: March 6, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Olds College Calgary Campus
(Bow Valley College, 7th floor lecture theatre, room S7044, south tower) map.

What is a Veterinary Technical Assistant?
Veterinary Technical Assistant (VTA) is an entry level program that introduces students to the veterinary industry and animal care. The VTA is a valued member of a veterinary practice team and works alongside veterinary professionals, animal health technicians and shelter staff in the small animal industry. Animals need care and lots of love. A VTA does both and, most importantly, enjoys working with small animals.

Program delivery occurs two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday) at Olds College Calgary Campus located on the Bow Valley College Campus from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. The course combines on-campus labs, with online and classroom learning. In their second year, students will receive small animal restraint and handling lab held at the Calgary Humane Society, as well as a required off-campus field trip to the Olds College main campus in Olds, Alberta.

Who may enrol in this two year program?
Students applying in Grade 10 must complete the prerequisite, HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems. It is important that students understand that this program is a two year commitment. Students must complete Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Science 20 in Semester 1 of Grade 11 and Math 20-1 or 20-2 in Semester 2 of Grade 11. By the end of Grade 12 students must complete English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2.

Note: A maximum of 24 CCSD students will be enrolled each year.

How do students earn an Olds College Dual-Credit Veterinary Technical Assistant Certificate while in high school?
Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using Olds College Veterinary Technical Assistant courses. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of both Alberta Education and the Olds College Dual-Credit Veterinary Technical Assistant Program.

Are there any special program requirements?
Students in Grade 11 will be required to receive their rabies vaccination series in order to participate in the Small Animal Restraint and Handling lab held at the Calgary Humane Society.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) partners with Olds College to provide pre-exposure rabies immunization, free of charge, to high-risk occupations including veterinarians, veterinary technicians/assistants, animal research workers and students in these programs.

The free clinics are offered in series that takes place over 21 days with immunizations scheduled on day 0, day 7, and day 21. The pre-exposure rabies immunization schedule is stringent so individuals receiving the immunization must be available on all three (3) dates. Your program supervisor will advise you of these predetermined dates. If the student is unable to attend any of the predetermined dates, the student will be placed on a waitlist to obtain the vaccines at the cost of the student.

Following the immunization series, a requisition for blood work (serology) will also be provided to the student. There is no cost to you for this procedure. The purpose of this blood work is to ensure that the student has developed adequate antibodies (immunity) to rabies.

The student will receive a letter from the CDC Unit indicating the antibody levels to rabies about a month after the student goes for serology. If it is determined that the antibodies are inadequate, the student will be contacted by telephone to arrange a booster dose of vaccine. It is important to complete the rabies blood work to ensure protection against rabies infection. It is also recommended to confirm the rabies antibodies every two years if the student continues to work or volunteer in a high-risk occupation. Students will need to initiate this process with their own family physician.

Who will teach the courses?
Olds College instructors will deliver the program at the Olds College Calgary Campus. This is located at Bow Valley College. Students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students attend classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Students must have the fourth period block open to travel to Bow Valley College.

How do students get to Olds College classes located at Bow Valley Campus?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Bow Valley College. LRT access takes students right onto the campus. Parking is also available at a cost to the students.

Is there a cost to the program?
The program is free to all students who are enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school. Students are responsible for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. scrubs) and instructional resources. The cost of this program after high school is $3,700.

How do I apply?
Interested CCSD students can apply at their high schools through their counselor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher. Submit completed applications by Friday, March 23, 2018.

What does the course load look like?
The program consists of four semesters beginning in a student’s Grade 11 year.

Grade 10

  • Attend Parent & Student Information Session
  • Complete application
  • Complete HCS3000 (1 credit online CTS course)
Note: Participants must be 15 years of age upon beginning the program.


Grade 11 (15 credits) Semesters 1 & 2

  • Complete one of Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Science 20 (Semester 1)
  • Complete Math 20-1 or 20-2 (Semester 2)
Olds College Calgary Campus Courses:

Semester 1
- September to December, 1 day/week (Tuesdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
  • AHT1050 Introduction to the Veterinary Profession
Semester 2 - February to May, 2 days/week (Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
  • VTA6020 Principles of Veterinary Clinical Procedures
  • VTA 6040 Patient Preparation and Husbandry
Grade 12 (10 credits) Semesters 1 & 2
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

Olds College Calgary Campus Courses:


Semester 1
- September to December, 2 days/week
  • VTA 6010 Small Animal Restraint and Handling
Semester 2 - February to May, 2 days/week
  • VTA 6030 Veterinary Equipment and Instrumentation

How do I earn Dual Credits?
Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using Olds College Veterinary Technical Assistant courses. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of both Alberta Education and the Olds College Dual-Credit Veterinary Technical Assistant Program.

What are the advantages of enrolling in this program?
Successful students may begin working as a VTA immediately following completion of high school without any further post-secondary training or experience in this field. Successful graduates of the program will earn:
  • 25 high school (LDC) credits
  • An Olds College Certificate of Completion.
    Note: As a VTA an overall GPA of 2.0 (62%) must be achieved.
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