ANIHF-DP Veterinary Technology

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Overview

  • Two-year diploma
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Practicum
  • Credit transfer opportunity: Thompson-Rivers University
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.

Description
This program provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to perform a variety of veterinary medical procedures, such as:

  • Anesthesia induction and monitoring
  • Drug dosage calculations 
  • Surgical and animal nursing
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Dentistry
  • Emergency care
  • Routine veterinary clinic and office procedures

Veterinary Technologists play a vital role in the veterinary industry. They work under the supervision of veterinary practitioners to support the veterinarian in all aspects of practice.

As part of this program, you will participate in on- or off-campus labs where you will be handling animals species such as horses, cattle, swine, chickens, ferrets, rats, mice, as well as dogs and cats.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12 including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Applied Math or Grade 12 Pre-Calculus Math (note: Grade 12 Essential Math and Grade 12 Consumer Math do not meet the requirements for this program)
      • Grade 12 Chemistry
      • Grade 11 Biology (Manitoba Grade 11 Biology provides knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the systems in the human body. This knowledge is required for admission to the AHT program.  Grade 12 Biology has different content therefore it cannot be accepted in lieu of Grade 11 Biology)
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.
        and
  3. Recent Volunteer or Work Experience
    • Submit Veterinary Technology Occupational Familiarization Form(s) as proof of completion of 80 hours of volunteer or work experience related to veterinary medicine at a veterinary clinic. This must include a minimum of 8 hours spent with large animals in a large animal or mixed animal clinic or facility
    • This experience must be recent - within the last year
    • The College does not arrange volunteer or work experience placements with veterinary clinics, or recommend specific clinics.  We recommend you contact veterinary clinics directly to enquire about possible volunteer or employment opportunities to assist you in completing the required 80 hours of experience.
      and
  4. Mandatory Diagnostic Test
    • Complete a mandatory diagnostic test to advise you of your program readiness
    • The test will include writing, math, science, and occupational elements
    • Faculty advising may be required based on the diagnostic test results and upgrading may be recommended
    • This item is not due within 30 days of applying and will be requested by the College at a later date
      and
  5. Mandatory Orientation Session
    • Attend a mandatory orientation session conducted by program faculty
    • This session will provide a program overview with an emphasis on the requirements of a career in Animal Health Technology
    • This item is not due within 30 days of applying and will be requested by the College at a later date

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirement
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Applied Math or Grade 12 Pre-Calculus Math (note: Grade 12 Essential Math and Grade 12 Consumer Math do not meet the requirements for this program)
      • Grade 12 Chemistry
      • Grade 11 Biology (Manitoba Grade 11 Biology provides knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the systems in the human body. This knowledge is required for admission to the AHT program.  Grade 12 Biology has different content therefore it cannot be accepted in lieu of Grade 11 Biology)
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirements 2 through 5

Program Progression Requirements
Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying. These requirements have expiration dates and should be completed close to your program start date. Further information will be provided by the College at a later date.


Who Should Enrol?

To excel as an Animal Health Technologist you must be comfortable around animals and have:

  • A genuine interest in all aspects of animal care
  • Strong skills in the sciences and mathematics
  • The ability to communicate well with people

This program is both academically and physically demanding. You should be in good health, without allergies to animals, and be physically capable of performing all the program requirements. You also require the academic background and proficiency to manage the large volume of science- and math-related program content.

All students enrolled in the program are required to be immunized against rabies and tetanus.

Success Factors
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are well-organized, highly motivated, and possess strong time-management skills
  • Are proficient in mathematics and science
  • Are willing to spend significant hours on the home study required to successfully complete the program (three to four hours per night)
  • Pay close attention to detail
  • Are prepared to participate in a variety of clinics with the swine and bovine industries during the year
  • Have previous experience with animals and animal handling

Animal Health Technology Online Prep Tool
This resource gives you a taste of what to expect in the program and occupation. Through this tool, you will build foundational skills needed to walk in confidently on the first day of class.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 30, 2021 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$5,055.00
Year 2
$5,055.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$1,360.00
Year 2
$425.00

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.54.54.0
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.57.06.56.5
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
20231924

Program Outline

This program gives you the hands-on training required for a career as an Animal Health Technologist. You will learn the theoretical components of the course in the classroom, followed by practical laboratory techniques. Practical training in all areas is reinforced through work experience.

This is a two-year program with two terms in each year:

  • The fall term for both first- and second-year students is September to mid-December.
  • The winter term for first-year students is January to the beginning of June. For second-year students, it is January to the end of April, followed by graduation.

First Year
The first year of the AHT program focuses on developing a sound knowledge of the basic sciences as a foundation for animal health care. This includes courses in the following:

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology

It also includes training in the following:

  • Animal science
  • Animal behaviour
  • Restraint
  • Medical nursing
  • Laboratory procedures for common domestic animals

First-year students will be expected to care for animals at the College on a rotational basis before classes start in the morning and immediately after the end of school day. You will also be expected to participate in large animal labs/clinics where neutering and other forms of care are provided.

Second Year
The second year of the program concentrates on advancing your veterinary medical skills with further exposure to common species such dogs, cats, horses, cows, and pigs. The care of laboratory animals and avian and exotic species is also included.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
ANIM-1011Animal Breeds, Behaviour and Nursing
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Students will identify the common breeds of various domestic species including their behaviour and management.

ANIM-1013Body Systems 1
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Students will discuss cell and tissue structure and function. The basic properties of various disease causing microorganisms are discussed. Students will discuss the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems.

ANIM-1016Body Systems Lab 1
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Students will experience hands-on practical learning of the body systems discussed in the Body Systems 1 course through the use of live, preserved and fresh animal specimens. Basic microbiological diagnostic techniques are presented.

ANIM-1018Communications
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Students will develop the written and oral communication skills needed by an Animal Health Technologist to communicate effectively with supervisors, co-workers, and clients.

ANIM-1020Veterinary Care and Governance
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Students will restrain and provide care for veterinary patients within the legal boundaries of veterinary medicine while following appropriate safety protocols.

ANIM-1021Veterinary Nursing Lab 1
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Students will learn basic handling and nursing techniques for the various domestic species discussed in the Animal Breeds, Behaviour and Nursing course.

ANIM-1022Veterinary Parasitology
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Students will learn the fundamental biology of different groups of parasites and the general principles of their identification, control, collection, and processing.

ANIM-1023Intro to Nutrition & Clinical Chemistry
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Students will discuss the structure, function and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins as it relates to body function and nutrition. Students will also discuss clinical chemistry in relation to body systems.

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ANIM-1024Practicum 1
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Students will spend three weeks in a veterinary hospital where they will practice clinical skills learned in the first year of the program.

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ANIM-1025Veterinary Hematology 1
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Students will discuss the genesis and function of the various blood cell types and become proficient in their recognition and evaluation. Serology, urinalysis and cytology will also be studied. 

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ANIM-1026Veterinary Hematology Lab 1
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Students will experience practical hands-on learning of complete blood counts, urinalysis and cytological smear preparation.

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ANIM-1027Anesthesia
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Students will assemble and maintain anesthetic equipment, plan anesthetic protocols and monitor anesthetized patients.

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ANIM-1029Diagnostic Imaging
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Students will learn the basics of x-ray equipment, radiation physics, image recording, radiation protection, and radiobiology to enable them to aid the veterinarian in diagnosis and treatment. In addition, students will discuss the theory of ultrasound imaging, and the techniques involved with assisting a veterinarian to perform diagnostic ultrasound on a patient.

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ANIM-1031Surgical Nursing & Anesthesia Lab 1
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Utilizing live and mock scenarios, students will perform a variety of tasks related to surgery and anesthetic protocols including preparation of surgical packs, surgical assistance, patient monitoring, IV fluid therapy, local analgesia, intubation and aseptic technique.

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ANIM-1032Surgical Nursing
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Students will apply the principles of aseptic techniques. Students will also prepare the patient, surgical suite, and surgical packs.

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ANIM-1033Avian, Exotic and Laboratory Animals
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Students will learn basic husbandry, common nursing care procedures and diseases of rabbits, rodents, ferrets, birds and reptiles. Students will follow regulations and protocols involved in working with laboratory and exotic species.

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ANIM-1034Veterinary Dentistry
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Students perform canine and feline prophylactic dental cleaning. Students will also assist the veterinary dental surgeon in common and selected species.

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ANIM-1035Essential Veterinary Technologist Calculations
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Students will be introduced to basic calculations for veterinary procedures including conversions, drug units, solution preparation and single drug dosage calculations.

ANIM-1036Clinical Procedures 1
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Students will perform a variety of clinical procedures including bandaging, patient identification, administering medication, and sanitation following WHMIS regulations.

ANIM-2019Canine & Feline Husbandry
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This course is an extension of the Introduction to Canine and Feline Husbandry course. Students will continue to improve on the skills of canine and feline handling, behaviour recognition, husbandry, and safety as learned in Term 1.

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ANIM-2023Body Systems 2
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Students will discuss the anatomy and physiology of the urinary, digestive, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the special senses.

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ANIM-2024Body Systems Lab 2
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Students will experience practical hands-on learning of the body systems discussed in the Body Systems 2 course through the use of live, preserved and fresh animal specimens.

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ANIM-2026Veterinary Nursing Lab 2
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Students will experience practical hands-on learning of nursing techniques for the various domestic species discussed in Term 1, in conjunction with the Veterinary Nursing Theory course.

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ANIM-2027Veterinary Nursing Theory
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Students will learn nursing techniques for the various domestic species discussed in Term 1 of the program. Emphasis will be on care of the body systems taught in the Body Systems 2 course.

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ANIM-2028Reproduction in Common Domestic Species
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Students will study the normal anatomy and physiology common domestic species including normal and abnormal reproductive behaviour and gestation events.

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Complete all courses in terms 1, 2 and 3
ANIM-2030Veterinary Hematology 2
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This course is a continuation of Veterinary Hematology 1, with an emphasis on identification of pathological cells. Vaginal, otic, and bone marrow cytology will also be studied.

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ANIM-2031Veterinary Hematology Lab 2
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Students will experience practical hands-on learning of pathological hematology cells and cytology cells. Vaginal, otic and bone marrow cytology analysis will also be performed.

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ANIM-2032Veterinary Pharmacology
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Students will develop awareness of the properties, delivery methods and regulations pertaining to common pharmacological agents used in veterinary medicine diagnosis and treatment.

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Complete all courses in terms 1 and 2
ANIM-2033Animal Nutrition
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Students will discuss the normal role of nutrients in the body and the diseases that are caused by imbalances of these nutrients.  Diets fed to normal animals at various life stages will also be addressed, with an emphasis on dogs and cats with and without disease problems.

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ANIM-2034Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
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Students will discuss the clinical signs and treatment of emergencies related to various body systems.

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ANIM-2035Hospital and Career Management
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Students will discuss various aspects of a veterinary practice including inventory control, crisis intervention, grief management, and personnel and client relations.

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ANIM-2036Practicum 2
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Students will spend two weeks in a veterinary hospital where they will practice clinical skills with an emphasis on anesthesia and surgical nursing.

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ANIM-2037Surgical Nursing & Anesthesia Lab 2
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Students will practice surgical nursing and anesthesia skills under veterinary supervision on live animals in a clinical setting.

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ANIM-2038Advanced Veterinary Technologist Calculations
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Students will be introduced to more advanced calculations for veterinary procedures including multiple drug dosage calculations, intravenous fluid rate calculations and patient sample dilution procedures.

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ANIM-2039Clinical Procedures 2
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Students will perform a variety of clinical and laboratory procedures including bathing, physical exams, venipuncture, administering vaccinations and sample handling.

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ANIM-3002Practicum 3
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Students will spend three weeks in a veterinary hospital where they will practice all clinical skills.

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CO-OP/Practicum Information

This program integrates classroom theory with related on-the-job training by alternating academic study and practicums. 

At the end of Year 1, you will spend three weeks (120 hours) in a veterinary clinic practicing the skills learned in the first year of the program. You will have a specified set of skills to complete during the practicum, and you will be supervised directly by clinic and College staff.

In Year 2, you will spend two weeks (80 hours) in a veterinary clinic during February assisting clinic staff with duties and becoming proficient in the skills taught in the program. Emphasis will be placed on proficiency in surgical nursing and anesthesiology skills during this practicum.

At the end of Year 2, the final three-week practicum (120 hours) is spent in a veterinary clinic where you will fine tune the skills necessary for a successful career in Animal Health Technology. This final practicum often results in a job placement after graduation.

Recent Changes

 

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Thompson Rivers University 

  • Credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of all courses within the program is required for Graduation.


Employment Potential

Graduates are qualified to work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian in companion animal, large animal, and specialty practices.

Graduates may also find employment at the following:

  • Zoos
  • Research institutes
  • Livestock operations
  • Wildlife services
  • Animal shelters
  • Government agencies
  • Pharmaceutical sales companies

Veterinary assistants perform a wide variety of tasks such as:

  • Assisting veterinarians in surgery
  • Inducing and maintaining a patient under anesthesia
  • Calculating drug doses and IV infusion rates
  • Providing nursing care to patients
  • Educating pet owners in various topics of animal health
  • Monitoring animal health on a daily basis
  • Performing laboratory procedures
  • Producing diagnostic radiographs
  • Managing a drug inventory
  • Maintaining professional, ethical and responsible behaviour
  • Performing various office duties

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Kim Elphick, RVT
AHT Program Coordinator
kelphick@rrc.ca
204-632-2252


To find out more about this occupation and employment opportunities, contact:

Manitoba Veterinary Technologists Association (MVTA)
1590 Inkster Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB  R2X 2W4

Email: info@mymvta.ca  
Website: http://www.mymvta.ca


How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

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