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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Veterinary Technician

Prepare for a career caring for animals.

Sheridan’s Veterinary Technician program prepares you to join a professional team in a veterinary medical setting.

Outstanding career preparation

This program is a pathway to a rewarding career working with animals in a medical capacity. You’ll learn from Registered Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians, and apply your learning with a field placement in a veterinary clinic.

Accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, you’ll be able to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam when you graduate.

A humane approach

We strongly believe in a humane and caring approach to veterinary education, so we replace the use of live animals with manikins for teaching purposes whenever possible. Using manikins, you'll fine-tune your skill dexterity in procedures ranging from bandaging to catheter placement and intubation. You will also apply your learning to live animals while in field placement each semester.

Field placement

Students benefit from a high number of hours in field placement. Practicums take place one day per week and in two-week, full-time blocks. Students apply their learning with animals requiring veterinary care. This experience is key to building a professional skillset and is highly valued by prospective employers. A rabies titre and Criminal Record Check are required before beginning placement.

Additional information

We're committed to graduating Veterinary Technicians who are:

  • Skilled in treating a wide range of veterinary medical problems.
  • Committed to handling animals in a compassionate, caring manner.
  • Able to work well as part of a professional veterinary team.
  • Skilled at communicating clearly and compassionately to clients.

To be part of the Veterinary Technician program, you need to possess a strong background in science and math, excellent communication skills, steady hands and the ability to lift and carry up to 25 kg. You must also be able to spend 20–25 hours per week on assignments outside of class.

Veterinary Technician students will be required to spend $800–$1,000 on laboratory supplies and equipment, textbooks, lab coat and scrubs, and are required to transport themselves to and from their field practicum site.

Explore your future lab

As a Veterinary Technician student at Sheridan, you'll get to work in facilities modelled after veterinary workplaces. Curious to see what that looks like? Take a virtual tour of our Biological Science lab, which you'll use as a student in this program.

  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Full-time
    • 2 yrs (4 semesters)
    • Program code: PVETT