AHT Supply List

Be ready for the first week when you'll have labs.Two female AHTs dressed in scrubs work with a dog
Some items you'll need to buy before you get to Lakeland. Those required items will be listed along with any recommendations. That's in the first drop down below.
Some items, such as your scrubs, are available at the bookstore on the first day. Those are listed in the second drop down.
We've also listed textbooks, miscellaneous other costs and other personal information you'll need to bring with you.
Arrange to buy and pick up textbooks and other supplies from the Vermilion campus bookstore. Call or email for help.​
If you have any questions, please contact the ag sciences academic advisor:
Or, program head Elaine Suddaby:

What to Bring With You
  1. 2 pairs of coveralls – should have sleeves, not bib-style.
  2. steel toed rubber boots are required in large animal labs
  3. a minimum of one long-sleeved lab coat or scrum jacket. We recommend 2 as the coat/jackets must always be clean when worn to labs. Also available at the bookstore.
  4. most labs require a scrub top and/or scrub jacket worn with regular pants. A urgery scrub set along with a scrub jacket is required for surgery labs.
  5. good quality stethoscope – recommend Littmann Classic II or III
  6. watch – as cell phones aren’t permitted in labs, you’ll need a personal watch for labs when you assess heart rates, respiration rates and time tests
  7. your health care card – you receive a rabies vaccination in the fall. Please bring a copy of your provincial health care number and proof if any previous rabies vaccinations
  8. a photocopy of a valid Canadian passport, Canadian birth certificate, Canadian SIN card, Canadian work visa or permanent resident visa. This is needed during the first week when you register for an Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) student membership.
  9. extra scrub tops and pants.
What to Buy Here
  1. Minimum of 1 long-sleeved lab coat/scrub jacket. Recommend 2. Available at the bookstore. Or, can be purchased before your arrive.
  2. Lakeland College embroidered scrub top – available at the bookstore. Will be no more than $50.
Required 1st year, 1st semester
  1. Colville and Bassert:Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians 3rd ed (2016) Elsevier ISBN 978-0-323-22793-3
  2. Colville and Bassert: Clinical Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Manual for Veterinary Technicians 3rd ed (2016) Elsevier ISBN 978-0-323-29475-1
  3. Colville, Joann L and Oien, Sharon A. Clinical Veterinary Language, 1st ed (2014) Mosby, St. Louis Missouri
Required 1st & 2nd year 2nd semester
  1. Bellwood, B. Andrasik-Catton, M. Veterinary Technician’s Handbook of Laboratory Procedures Wiley-Blackwell ISBN 978-1-1183-4193-3)
  2. Sirois, M. Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians 7th ed. Elsevier ISBN 978-0-323-59538-4
Required 2nd year 1st semester
Perrone, Jeanne R, Small Animal Dental Procedures (2012) Wiley-Blackwell ISBN 978-0-8138-2075-0
Reference textbooks
Copies of these reference texts are available in the library. You aren’t required to purchase them.
  • Ballard B., & Cheek. R. (2010). Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician 2nd ed. Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell ISBN 978-0-8138-2206-8
  • Blood, D. C., & Studdert, V. P.  (1999) Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary  2nd ed.  Toronto, Ont:  W. B. Saunders
  • Hendrix, C.M. and Robinson, E. (2017). Diagnostic Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians St. Louis, MO: Elsevier
  • Holtgrew-Bohling, K.  Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians 3rd ed. Elsevier ISBN 978-0-323-07732-3
  • Thomas, J. A., & Lerche, P. Anesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians 4th ed. (2011)  St. Louis, MO: Elsevier ISBN 978-0-323-05504-8
  • Sinh, Baljit, Saunders Veterinary Anatomy Coloring Book 2nd ed. (2015) Elsevier ISBN

Printing course notes and lab handouts
You are expected to bring course notes and lab handouts with you to class. These will be posted on D2L.
To save on printing expenses, you may want to bring your own computer (desk or laptop), printer, paper and ink. 
You initially receive a $5 printing credit for college computer labs. More print credits can be purchased at the bookstore. They can't be purchased online.
Note: We recommend you print class notes. Research shows reading comprehension is considerably higher for printed materials than on a computer screen.

Other Required Purchases - 2nd year
In 2nd year you write the Veterinary Technician National (VTNE) exam. Applications open April 15. You’ll need to pay $330 (US) with a credit card.

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