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Ontario College Certificate

Animal Care

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

(Brampton)

For the Winter 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

Train for a rewarding career in animal care.

Program Overview

Critical training

This program equips you with the skills you need to work in such locations as veterinary clinics, shelters, grooming businesses, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, dog daycare facilities, pet shops, zoos and other such animal facilities. This program is ideal for you if you have a technical interest in animals, are patient, conscientious, attentive to detail, highly motivated and dedicated.

What you'll learn

You'll study such subjects as animal anatomy, nutrition, domestic animal science, exotic animal science, animal grooming, animal nursing procedures and animal handling. You'll work with live animals under supervision to demonstrate and practice skills such as handling and restraint techniques, animal husbandry, feeding, grooming and veterinary simulation exercises.

Field placement

A popular segment of the Animal Care program is the two-week placement in an animal facility at the end of your second semester. This practicum gives you valuable front-line experience working with animals and observing their care.

Additional information

The Sheridan Animal Centre, where many lab activities will take place, is accredited by the Canadian Council on Animal Care with a Good Animal Practice Certification (GAP).

Awards

You may qualify for one of the academic awards granted each year on the basis of academic excellence. Donors include Dr. G.R. Cormack and Best Boarding. Visit our awards page for more information.

Additional Costs/Workload

You should expect to spend approximately $400–$600 on laboratory supplies, textbooks, lab coat and surgical scrubs while in the Animal Care program. You should also be prepared to spend 15–20 hours each week on assignments outside of your regularly scheduled classes.

Explore your future lab

Students in the Animal Care program will have the opportunity to work in labs designed to imitated the real-world workplace. Want to see one for yourself? Take a virtual tour of our Grooming Lab.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    NURS 10261Animal Nursing Fundamentals4
    SCIE 13636Domestic Animal Science3
    ANAT 14717Animal Anatomy & Physiology3
    SCIE 10040Introduction to Animal Grooming4
    SCIE 18823Animal Centre Duty3
    COMM 19999Essential Communication Skills3
    CCGEGeneral Elective (Intensive or distance)3
    Total:23
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    SCIE 16529Clinical Operations4
    SCIE 25142Animal Wellness3
    SCIE 10009Exotic Animal Science3
    SCIE 26529Animal Grooming3
     OR 
    SCIE 10681Wildlife Management (Electives) 
    SCIE 18634Animal Facility Management2
    FLPL 14444Animal Care Field Placement3
    PHIL 13672Animal Ethics and Welfare2
    Total:20

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

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

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

plus one of:

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

or

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

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.

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, Veterinary Technician, and Pharmacy 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.

Additional Information

Sheridan field placement agencies may require a current record of immunization.

As a candidate seeking a career in animal care you will find a strong background in sciences and math a definite asset. Because of the unique nature of Sheridan's program, it is strongly recommended that students acquire experience in the animal care field prior to admission.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan's English Proficiency Requirements.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Career Opportunities

Sheridan prepares you to get a job you’ll love. Graduates of this program have been consistently in high demand since the program began more than 30 years ago.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Animal shelters
  • Equestrian stables
  • Pet shops
  • Veterinary hospitals
  • Wildlife rehabilitation facilities
  • Zoos

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Degree Completion

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Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Provide humane, ethical care for a variety of domestic and exotic animal species, within the scope of the regulations, laws and statutes governing the animal industry.
  • Practice effective and efficient methods of handling, medicating or nursing animals in their care.
  • Practice professional standards while conducting an array of procedures independently or under supervision in an animal facility.
  • Establish and achieve appropriate standards for meeting the husbandry and nutritional needs of animals under care.
  • Restrain and manage companion animals in an appropriate manner.
  • Perform basic assessments and redirect patients and owners to appropriate professionals.
  • Use computer assistance to document and detail client, inventory, procedure or historical information for future reference.
  • Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary animal care team.
  • Communicate for the purpose of educating, directing, leading and supporting clients, peers, clinicians and the public regarding the animals in care.
  • Participate in life-long learning activities to ensure currency and credibility in the industry.
  • Communicate effectively and clearly orally, in writing, or through electronic means.
  • Practice competent, responsible problem-solving approaches to create appropriate, supportable solutions in an animal care setting.
  • Design, implement and follow up on projects within acceptable time frames by using foresight and initiative.
  • Seek and generate alternatives for more efficient work activities and routines.
  • Practice professionalism by presenting positive attitudes and actions at all times.

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

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Faculty

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

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Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$4,495.21
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$17,336.21

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

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Ontario College Certificate

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7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

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Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Ontario College Certificate

Full-time 1 year Program code: PANCR

Ontario College Certificate
Start date Campus Status
Sep 2021 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available
Jan 2022 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available
Jan 2021 Davis Campus (Brampton) Closed

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