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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 rich and rewarding career for those who desire to work with animals in a medical capacity. You’ll learn from professors who are Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) or Veterinarians (DVM), and apply your learning through a program-long field practicum in a veterinary clinic or hospital.

This program is accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) and is overseen by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).


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 skills in procedures ranging from bandaging wounds to catheter placement and intubation. As your skills develop you will continue to practice on manikins, but will also have the opportunity to apply your learning to live animals while in field placement.

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).

  • Ontario College Diploma

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