Veterinary Technician / Vet Tech Salary Canada

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Average Veterinary & Animal Health Technologist & Technician Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Veterinary and Animal Health Technologists and Technicians.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3213.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: veterinary technician, veterinary technologist, veterinary assistant and animal care technician.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $21.50 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in New Brunswick at $14.42 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $32,000 – $42,000.

Employment prospects for veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians are good in Canada. The government forecasts that the arrival of new medical technologies and techniques, as well as the introduction of more advanced equipment, will require more technologists.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Veterinary & Animal Health Technologists & Technicians in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1)15.0021.5027.502015
Edmonton – Alberta*14.0021.0038.302015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 12.0017.0022.502014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 12.5020.0027.032014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1)12.0014.4221.002013
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1)12.0015.0020.592014
Toronto – Ontario 12.2518.25 42.312013
Ottawa – Ontario 12.5017.75 33.332014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 12.5017.75 33.332014
London – Ontario 12.5017.75 33.332014
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 12.7516.3024.092014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan12.5017.3321.002014


Examples of veterinary and animal health technologists’ and technicians’ duties:
›› Providing nursing care for animals
›› Handling, restraining and caring for animals undergoing treatment
›› Taking and developing x-rays, collecting blood samples
›› Assisting during surgical operations including monitoring the anaesthetic
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians, is $25.65. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $966, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $50,000.


Registration with provincial animal health technologists’ or veterinary technicians’/technologists’ associations is mandatory in some provinces.

Number In Employment

There are over 13,000 animal health technologists and veterinary technicians / technologists working in Canada.

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