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.

Who may enroll in this two-year program?
Students in Grade 10 who are applying for this program must have or be currently enrolled in:
  • HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems.
  • Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Science 20 in Semester 1 of Grade 11
  • Math 20-1 or 20-2 in Semester 2 of Grade 11
  • ELA 30-1 or 30-2 by end of Grade 12
  • An understanding that this program is a two-year commitment

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.

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 will attend classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Students must also have their 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 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 per cent) must be achieved.

How to apply
Students can apply at their high schools through their counselor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher.

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.

Who may enroll in this two-year program?
Students in Grade 10 who are applying for this program must have or be currently enrolled in:
  • HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems.
  • Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Science 20 in Semester 1 of Grade 11
  • Math 20-1 or 20-2 in Semester 2 of Grade 11
  • ELA 30-1 or 30-2 by end of Grade 12
  • An understanding that this program is a two-year commitment

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.

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 will attend classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Students must also have their 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 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 per cent) must be achieved.

How to apply
Students can apply at their high schools through their counselor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher.

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