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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Veterinary Technician

Prepare for a career caring for animals.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)


  • One Math, Grade 12 (C or U)
  • One Chemistry, Grade 12 (C or U), or Chemistry, Grade 11 (U)
  • One Biology, Grade 11 (C or U)


Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the results of the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) and on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

All applicants must complete a mandatory standardized Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) as part of the selection process. HOAE scores are valid for one year from the date the test was written. The HOAE cannot be completed more than once in a calendar year.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Articulation Agreement

Applicants who do not possess the necessary admission requirements to this program at Sheridan who complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program will be granted admission, contingent on space in the program (in the semester that they are applying for), if they have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of B grades in all their math and science courses.

Where space is not available in the semester for which an applicant has applied and the applicant meets all the requirements of this agreement, admission to a later intake of the program will be granted.

Applicants from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program must also complete all other pre-admission requirements for their chosen program, such as criminal record checks, immunization documentation, etc. listed in the program admission requirements. All applicants to the Practical Nursing and Veterinary Technician programs must also take the HOAE (Health Occupation Aptitude Exam) pre-admission test. Taking the HOAE is a requirement to meet the terms of the articulation; however, admission to the program is not contingent on test results at this time.

Prospective students should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for registration, such as English language proficiency in the program for which this transfer process is being applied.

Pre-exposure rabies immunization is highly recommended for those working in the veterinary field. This vaccine is mandatory for Veterinary Technician students and highly recommended for Animal Care students. Prior to entering the Animal Care or Veterinary Technician programs at Sheridan, you are requested to contact your nearest travel clinic to have your immunization completed. Alternatively, the Sheridan Davis Campus Health Centre can purchase and administer this vaccine to you at the beginning of the semester. Please make these arrangements in the first week of the semester or during the orientation week. Proof of completed immunization will be required prior to the start of field placement. Sheridan field placement agencies may require a current record of immunization. Please refer to health services' immunization information on Sheridan's website, or come in to one of the campus health centres.