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Animal Care


You May Be Interested If:

You're a senior level secondary school student who wants to explore an interest in careers involving working with animals.

What Students Are Saying About This Program 

“I really liked the dual credit program. It helped me solidify my choice to applying to Sheridan for the Animal Care program. I enjoyed the material and realized I could be successful in college.”

“I took these courses because this is the field I want to get into. I loved how I got to do something I love and how it showed me what college is all about.”

What Will I Learn/Do?

You will take two courses:  In the Intro to Animal Grooming course you will work with live animals, learning to handle and groom them under the supervision of qualified groomers, veterinary faculty and staff. The Domestic Animal Science course will give you a more scientific and technical understanding of animal care.  This course combination will help you get a good idea of the hands-on requirements of working in animal care.

Secondary Credits 
Days/Wk 2
# wks 7
Hrs/Day 7
Term Spring
Campus/City Davis/Brampton
Courses Introduction to Animal Grooming  Domestic Animal Science 
Dual Credit Codes TYB4T
College Codes SCIE10040

Course Descriptions:

Intro to Animal Grooming: 

A very hands-on course, with lots of practice time with the animals in the grooming lab. You'll learn:

  • some of the main grooming techniques used for domestic dogs and cats;
  • how to identify breeds, and the best way to groom them to suit each breed;
  • how to make sure you're maintaining professional health and safety standards by using appropriate grooming procedures, paying attention to hygiene, using proper handling and restraint methods, and using grooming equipment and products safely and effectively.
Domestic Animal Science:
  • A course to help you to understand the fundamental elements of domestic animal science. You'll study the development of pure-breeds of cats, dogs and horses and examine their conformation and behaviour. Demonstrations and guest speakers will supplement the lectures to bring your learning to life. You'll learn about the ethics of selective breeding practices and the process of breeding, training and showing pure-bred animals.

Important Points to Consider:

  • You must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs;
  • Comfortable around dogs of all breeds and sizes;
  • Patient and possess a steady hand.

Pathways to Full Time Sheridan Programs:

If you enjoyed your dual credit program and have decided you'd like a career in Animal Care, you can apply for the full-time Animal Care program at Sheridan's Davis Campus. Here are some fast facts about the program:
  • Animal Care is a one year Ontario College Certificate.
  • You'll participate in a two week placement in an animal care facility to give you real-life practical experience, and a chance to work with animals and observe their care.
  • As you probably learned in your dual credits, in addition to enjoying animals, you need to be gentle, compassionate, patient, pay attention to detail, be very motivated and dedicated, and have a genuine interest in animals.
  • If you're accepted into the program, the animal care dual credit courses you’ve completed successfully will be counted as courses already completed in your full time Animal Care certificate program.

Further Academic/Career Pathways:

When you successfully complete the Animal Care full time Certificate program, you'll be ready to start your career in animal care! You'll be prepared to look for a job in locations such as veterinary clinics, shelters, grooming businesses, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, dog daycare facilities, pet shops, zoos and other similar animal facilities, where you'll be part of a professional animal care team.  In some cases, Animal Care students decide to apply for the Veterinary Technician program at Sheridan, which would allow you to work in the medical care of a variety of animals.