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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 hospital and/or laboratory setting.

Outstanding career preparation

This program is a pathway to a rich and rewarding career for those who love animals and want to work with them in a medical capacity. You’ll learn through a field placement in a veterinary clinic or laboratory, and from professors who are veterinarians or veterinary technicians. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam.

A humane approach

We strongly believe in a humane and caring approach, so we replace the use of live animals with mannequins for teaching purposes whenever possible. Using mannequins, you'll fine-tune your skills in procedures ranging from bandaging wounds to catheter placement and intubation. Only when your skills as a veterinary technician are developed will you advance to the use of live animals.

Field placement

One of the highlights of Sheridan's Veterinary Technician program is the high number of hours allocated to field placements. Your on-the-job practicum takes place one full day per week (Monday or Friday) and for a two-week block at the end of your second, third and fourth semesters. This real-world experience is highly valued by prospective employers.

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, 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.

This program is accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT).

Program Offerings

  • Ontario College Diploma

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