Agricultural Sciences


Some questions below are specific to particular program. If you have other questions, ask us. Click on the Ask Lakeland icon.
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All agricultural programs have at least one common question: Do we have to have a pair of steel-toed rubber boots?
Yes. This is college policy. If you have a lab anywhere on college farm, you must have a pair of steel-toed boots. We recommend:
  • 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
What about coveralls?
You definitely need work clothes. Some people prefer coveralls. 
For biosecurity reasons, you should have different boots and work clothes for home and the college farm.
If you are in the AHT or VMA programs, 2 pairs of long-sleeved coveralls are required. These need to be long-sleeved. No bib style.
In these 2 programs you also need to have 2 lab coats. AHT students also need 1 pair of surgical scrubs.
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.
Printing course notes and lab handouts
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.
If you don't have your own printer, you may use the printers in the college computer labs. You use a student print account called PaperCut. You'll need to buy print credits and they are available at the bookstore. For more information, check out the details on our student print page.
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.
  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian SIN card
  • Canadian work visa
  • Canadian permanent resident visa
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:
  • Go to your licensing agency and request a driver's abstract
  • If there's a cost, please keep the receipt and bring it with you. We'll reimburse you.
  • Bring the abstract and receipt with you to college.
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 Animal Science: Equine Science major. How much does it cost to board my horse?
There is a $1,000 fee each semester to board your program horse. So, budget another $2,000 in fees for the year.

The boarding fee is payable in September for the first semester and in January for the second semester, or you can pay the full total in September. Payments can be made at the agricultural sciences' main office.
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?
One of the most popular double majors combines Agribusiness with either Animal Science Technology or Crop Technology. You may take the Agribusiness program before or after Animal Science Technology or Crop Technology.
If you want to move from the General Agriculture certificate to one of our 2-year diplomas, it's easy.
  • If you haven't started at Lakeland, contact the enrolment specialist or admissions office and they can make the change for you.
  • If you are already in the program, meet with the academic advisor to reapply.
The Veterinary Medical Assistant (VMA) program doesn't transfer directly into the Animal Health Technology (AHT) 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.
Check out more details on our page AHT or VMA?
Is the AHT course available online?
Not at this time. We had hoped to offer it in academic 2018-19, but didn't have sufficient interest.
At the same time we doubled the on-campus AHT intake and opened the our new animal health clinic,  Our focus is on the program here for now.
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What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

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Business studies, Class of 2016.

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– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

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– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

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Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

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The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

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