- rubberized boots if you are likely to be going on wet ground or in corrals
- easy-to-clean boots
- a different pair of boots than you may use at your home farm or other farm
|When do I select my classes?|
Good news - You don’t have too. All ag sciences classes are predetermined, so you will be automatically enrolled in your classes.
If you do have electives, don't worry. You'll choose those on the first day of class.
After you get access to My Lakeland, usually about mid-August, your timetable as well as fees such as tuition and residence will show up. If you don't see this is your account by the end of August, then please contact the college.
|Where are the book lists? Should I buy books before I come to campus?|
Most programs provide you with your book list on orientation day or during the first week of classes.
All text books are are available at the college bookstore.
We typically don't send the list out in advance as there may be some changes to the list over the summer.
You may see ads on campus and online from students who are selling their books. This is an option, but please be aware than there may be a revised or newer edition required for the course. Your bargain might not be.
|Are there any extra costs that aren't textbooks or aren't covered in our tuition fees or ?|
There can be.
There may be additional costs for field trips. You have a $20 printing credit, but may need more through the year.
Most of those extras are detailed before you arrive on campus. Look for post mail and emails from the college.
|What does a printing credit mean?|
Some course notes and lab handouts will be posted on D2L for you to access and print, if necessary.
You are responsible for bringing all required resources to classes and labs.
You receive a $20 print credit for the college computer labs. If you run out ,you can put more money on your printing account.
You may also want to bring your own printer.
|I'm an AHT student, I heard I have to join some organization?|
Yes you do. It's the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA).
You will register as a student. This is done during the first week of classes.
The ABVMA requires a photocopy of one of the following for your registration. Please bring a photography of one of these documents with you.
|Do I need to get a driver's abstract?|
Many programs require you to drive college equipment and vehicles. So, we need to have a driver's abstract on file.
This is especially important for crop tech and general agriculture crop stream students.
If you're from Alberta, and have an Alberta's drivers' licence, then you can fill out the forms once you're on campus.
If you don't have an Alberta drivers' licence:
|Do we have classes on the farm, even in our first year?|
Yes, you do. That's why you need steel-toed boots. It depends on what program you're in. For example, in animal science, you have a animal handling class.
|Will I go on field trips?|
Yes you will. Again, it depends on your program. You may travel to Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and points in between. You could be going to a ranch, a trade show, a workshop, an industry event, or a zoo.
|I'm in Western Ranch & Cow Horse, how much does it cost to board my horse?|
|This is included in the cost of your program - for the horse you work with. If you plan on bringing another horse with you for pleasure or rodeo, then you have to apply to board your animal. Cost depends on what kind of stall you get.|
|What if I change my mind about my specialization?|
If it's before classes start, please contact your enrolment specialist. We keep a count for timetabling for animal science, agribusiness and general ag programs.
|Can I do a double major or transfer into another program after I've completed one?|
Combining either animal science or crop tech with agribusiness is a probably double major at Lakeland.
If you want to move from the general ag certificate to one of our 2-year diplomas, it's easy.
If you want to take a diploma program after taking western ranch and cow horse, you do need to have the needed prerequisite high school courses. Meet with the academic advisor to see what courses will transfer to a new one. Not all 10 will transfer.
The veterinary medical assistant doesn't transfer directly into the animal health tech program. However, your time in VMA will help you in the AHT program.
Check out the further study options in each of the ag programs for more information. You can also talk to the ag academic advisor.
|I'm in AHT, what industry certification do I get?|
Once you complete our program, you register to complete the VTNE exam. It's an exam you must pass to become a Registered Veterinary Technologist..
This means you are eligible to work in a veterinary practice in Canada or the US. You must also register with the appropriate provincial or state association where you plan to live and work.
|I'm confused about whether I should apply for VMA or AHT?|
This is a common question. You might want to talk to an enrolment specialist, the academic advisor, and or come to our campus to talk to instructors and tour our facilities.
Both are valuable members of a veterinary health care team.
AHT can do more technical things - taking blood, starting an IV, doing lab work and giving injections.
A VMA helps out with many thing, but isn't permitted to do some of these technical things. Although as a VMA you might help with animal restraint, feed animals, clean kennels and fill a receptionist/record keeping role at a vet clinic.
Both aren't limited to working in a vet clinic. You could find yourself in a zoo, human society, feed lot, pet store or a dug/food company rep.