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 $21.01 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 fair 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. However This occupational grouping is extremely popular among school leavers, creating a surplus of workers.

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

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 15.76 21.01 25.00 2017
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 15.76 21.01 25.00 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 13.00 20.50 26.27 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 12.00 19.90 23.50 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 12.00 14.42 21.00 2013
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 13.00 14.00 18.00 2016
Toronto – Ontario 13.00 16.00 23.00 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 12.50 16.83 24.00 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 12.50 16.83 24.00 2016
London – Ontario 12.50 16.83 24.00 2016
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 13.75 17.00 26.40 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 14.00 19.90 28.00 2016


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 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians, is $28.23. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1005, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $52,000.


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

Number In Employment

There are over 17,000 animal health technologists and veterinary technicians / technologists working in Canada.

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