2 years (4 semesters)
Fees & Financial Aid
Prepare for a career caring for animals.
Outstanding career preparation
This program is a pathway to a rewarding career working with animals in a medical capacity. You’ll learn from Registered Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians, and apply your learning with a field placement in a veterinary clinic.Accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, you’ll be able to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam when you graduate.
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 skill dexterity in procedures ranging from bandaging to catheter placement and intubation. You will also apply your learning to live animals while in field placement each semester.
Students benefit from a high number of hours in field placement. Practicums take place one day per week and in two-week, full-time blocks. Students apply their learning with animals requiring veterinary care. This experience is key to building a professional skillset and is highly valued by prospective employers. A rabies titre and Criminal Record Check are required before beginning placement.
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, steady hands 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, and are required to transport themselves to and from their field practicum site.
Explore your future lab
As a Veterinary Technician student at Sheridan, you'll get to work in facilities modelled after veterinary workplaces. Curious to see what that looks like? Take a virtual tour of our Biological Science lab, which you'll use as a student in this program.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANAT 10799 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology 1 4 SCIE 10199 Veterinary Lab Techniques 1: Parasitology 5 SCIE 19999 Animal Handling and Behaviour 4 SCIE 10123 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4 COMM 19999 Essential Communication Skills 3 MATH 10688 Veterinary Technician Pharmaceutical Math 3 General Education Elective 3 Total: 26
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANAT 10123 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology 2 4 SCIE 23672 Veterinary Lab Techniques 2: Urinalysis & Microbiology 5 SCIE 16206 Introduction to Veterinary Nursing Techniques 5 PHAR 10065 Veterinary Pharmacology 3 SCIE 25738 Veterinary Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging 4 FLPL 13551 Veterinary Technician Practicum 1 3 Total: 24
CODE TITLE CREDITS SCIE 20001 Companion Animal Nutrition 2 SCIE 26048 Introduction to Veterinary Anesthesia & Surgical Nursing Techniques 4 SCIE 24444 Advanced Veterinary Nursing Techniques 5 SCIE 19207 Veterinary Lab Techniques 3: Hematology and Cytology 5 FLPL 20001 Veterinary Technician Practicum 2 3 SCIE 20057 Veterinary Dentistry 2 General Education Elective 3 Total: 24
CODE TITLE CREDITS SCIE 20009 Laboratory Animal Health Studies 3 SCIE 20102 Exotic Animal Health Studies 2 SCIE 25276 Advanced Veterinary Surgical Nursing Techniques 4 SCIE 20146 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 5 SCIE 29207 Large Animal Health Studies 4 SCIE 20199 Animal Diseases 3 FLPL 20408 Professional Practice Practicum 3 General Education Elective 3 Total: 27
Courses subject to change.
Current students should refer to their Academic Requirements in myStudentCentre to track their academic progress and outstanding course requirements.
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)
Selection process for applicants for September 2023, January 2024 and May 2024:
The HOAE requirement has been temporarily waived for applicants applying to September 2023, January 2024 and May 2024. Admission decisions for these intakes will be based on the GPA of your top 6 grades, including the required courses.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program may be advised individually regarding other related programs.
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
The following Articulation Agreement applies only to students enrolled in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, starting at Sheridan in September 2019 or later.
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 fulfill the following criteria:
- An overall GPA of 3.0;
- A minimum of 70% in required science and math courses for the program(s) to which the student is seeking admission; and
- A minimum grade of 60% in both English courses (ENG 10102 and ENG 17889) for students seeking admission to Sheridan's health science degrees (excluding diplomas) included under this agreement.
For the courses with minimum grade thresholds, as specified above, students may only have a maximum of two graded attempts. Withdrawals without Academic Penalty (i.e., "W" grades) are not included.
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 certificate program must also complete all other pre-admission requirements for their chosen programs (including volunteer hours for the Honours Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences – Athletic Therapy program), and should be aware of program-specific requirements such as criminal record checks, immunization documentation, etc.
Applicants who meet the admission requirements above and who successfully complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program are not required to complete the HOAE (Health Occupations Aptitude Exam), an admission requirement for Practical Nursing and Veterinary Technician.
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.
When you complete the Veterinary Technician diploma program, you'll be ready for an exciting career.
Here are some places you might work:
- Animal shelters
- Emergency and referral practice
- Pharmaceutical companies serving the veterinary field
- Research facilities
- Small animal, mixed animal or specialty clinics
- University teaching hospitals
- Zoological parks
Advanced Entry Challenge Exams
Get credit for what you know
Sheridan recognizes and appreciates that advanced learning doesn’t always require standard classroom instruction, and that opportunities to advance skills and learn new technologies are everywhere.
If you have significant knowledge and experience in programming, web development, database and/or networking, you may choose to complete Advanced Entry Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (AEPLAR) Challenge Exams for academic credit towards your Sheridan Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma.
How do Challenge Exams work?
AEPLAR Challenge Exams are administered by and through the Sheridan College Assessment Centre or through an approved Test Centre. There are fees to write each exam (an Assessment Centre fee and a Challenge Exam fee).
Your completed Challenge Exam(s) will be evaluated to determine whether you’re eligible for credit in one or more courses within the identified program streams.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Advanced Standing credits are subject to Sheridan’s policies and procedures. Learn more about Sheridan’s Credit Transfer policies and procedures.
I have previous postsecondary education. Should I write a Challenge Exam?
No. Challenge Exams are designed for applicants with knowledge and experience gained outside of formal education. If you have previous postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply for Advanced Standing instead — you may be eligible to apply your previously earned credits towards your new program at Sheridan.
What subjects can I complete Challenge Exams for?
Challenge Exams for applicants to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program are designed to test skills in specific knowledge streams within this program:
- Programming – Introductory
- Programming – .NET
- Programming – Advanced Java
- Web Development
- Operating Systems
- Software Design
- Mobile App Development – Android
- Mobile App Development – iOS
- Game Development – UNITY
You can also choose to complete Challenge Exams for specific individual courses within the Computer Systems Technology program.
Complete a free self-assessment test to help you determine whether Challenge Exams are a good option for you.
How do I apply to complete a Challenge Exam?
Step 1: Make sure you meet the program admission requirements
You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.
Step 2: Complete a free self-assessment
Complete a free self-assessment test for each knowledge stream you wish to challenge. This will help you determine whether your current skills will enable you to succeed in the Challenge Exam(s).
Step 3: Apply to Sheridan's Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma program
To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.
Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete your Challenge Exam(s)
Once Sheridan receives your application, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for your Challenge Exam(s). Follow those instructions.
Once you’ve completed your Challenge Exam(s), subject matter experts in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology will evaluate them within 10 business days. The Faculty will forward your results to the Office of the Registrar, and any approved credit transfers will be posted in your Credit Transfer centre. Exam feedback will not be provided.
Step 5: Accept your offer of admission and pay your program fees
If you receive an offer of admission to Sheridan, please follow the instructions to confirm your offer and pay your fees by the due dates indicated in order to reserve your spot in the program.
We wish you success in this process and look forward to seeing you at Sheridan!
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 2023–2024 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.
Fees for Canadian students$4,795.70
Fees for International students$19,279.70
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:
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
- Scholarships, awards and bursaries
- Work Study Assistance Program
International Entrance Scholarship
All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL and programs with tuition reduction excluded) in Spring 2023, Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000.
Critical Performance Outcomes
By the end of this program, graduates will have the ability to:
- Perform basic patient examinations and accurately document data on vital signs.
- Recognize behavioural signs of small, large and exotic animals in order to respond in a humane and effective manner.
- Practice correct methods of treatment when handling, medicating or nursing an animal under care, or while influencing care.
- Restrain and manage small, large and exotic animals in clinical situations.
- Prepare pharmaceuticals as prescribed by a veterinarian.
- Administer medications or treatments by common drug routes or application techniques.
- Maintain and prepare anesthetic delivery systems for various species and agents.
- Induce anesthesia, monitor patients under anesthesia and document observations.
- Prepare and maintain the surgical area ensuring adequate cleanliness or asepsis is achieved.
- Assist during surgical procedures, maintaining aseptic techniques.
- Perform dental prophylactic procedures on dogs and cats.
- Take and produce standard diagnostic radiographs and ultrasounds.
- Collect and process samples for diagnostic laboratory work.
- Perform common veterinary diagnostic tests such as blood chemistries, differentials, sensitivities, parasite load assays and EKGs.
- Provide humane and ethical medical care for a variety of animal species, within the scope of the regulations, laws and statutes of the profession.
- Develop an awareness of the scope of legislation governing the humane and appropriate use of animals in hospitals, shelters, research facilities, food production, and responsible ownership.
- Discuss the role of professional associations and memberships, regarding the advancement of the Veterinary Technician both professionally and personally.
- Contribute effectively to the Health Care Team by demonstrating awareness of the major duties and responsibilities of the members in order to maximize benefits to clients and patients and the facility.
- Practice professional standards while conducting an array of veterinary procedures independently or under the supervision of a veterinarian in a variety of medical or laboratory settings.
- Use computer assistance to document and detail client, inventory, procedure or historical information for future reference
- Function effectively as a member of the multi-disciplinary Veterinary Health Care Team, by understanding and respecting the duties, responsibilities, obligations and limitations of each position.
- Work independently to support the clinic/facility while respecting the range and limitations of activities permitted under current legislation governing auxiliary workers.
- Practice consistently high standards of professionalism while advising, instructing or informing clients and co-workers
- Participate in lifelong learning activities to ensure currency and credibility in the industry.
- Communicate clearly and effectively orally, in writing, or through electronic means.
- Practice competent, responsible problem solving, decision-making and self-management skills that will enhance the working environment of all members of the Veterinary Health Care Team.
- 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.
- Establish and achieve appropriate standards for meeting the housing and nutritional needs of animals under care.
- Communicate for the purpose of educating, directing, leading and supporting clients, peers, clinicians and the public regarding the veterinary profession and the role of the technician.
Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum and its delivery are designed to address current social issues pertinent to the design industry. This enables students to broaden their understanding of their place within the world.
Fundamental to the vision of the program is the balance of creative and conceptual thinking with the technical and business aspects of the profession. Courses follow a logical sequence with the degree of difficulty building vertically from first year to fourth year.
The various streams provide a range of design problems building in size and scope, from simple to complex in various design sectors. The curriculum builds on fundamental introductions that ensures a strong foundation for students to apply additional more complex learning and skills developed later in the program.
Studio projects are designed to mimic professional practice and require applied theory, creativity and strong technical knowledge. Curriculum is also connected horizontally across each semester to help support the learning in courses happening simultaneously. This demonstrates the inter-connected knowledge and skills required to practice in the industry.
The program provides many opportunities that expose students to practicing professionals and professional practice. Industry leaders and representatives from professional associations like ARIDO and IDC are invited into the classroom as jurors and guest speakers throughout the four years. The internship also provides professional design work experience for students before they enter their final year of study.
The curriculum is student-centric and designed to equip students with the skills that are required for entry-level design positions and advanced study. Manual skills such as drafting, drawing and model making are developed alongside digital skills using current software. Students are also well-versed in the applicable building codes and regulations required to practice in Ontario. Students are exposed to valuable research skills and encouraged to continue their learning past graduation.
Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:
- Develop confident, creative and critical thinkers that can solve a variety of problems thoughtfully, improving the quality of the built environment and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
- Equip students with the tools to think independently and ethically to ensure technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.
- Deliver current and relevant curriculum that incorporates equity, diversity and inclusion. This encourages students to create spaces that foster inclusivity and look at design from various perspectives within diverse communities, involving numerous stakeholders.
- Inform students regarding the various facets of the profession, engaging them with designers and industry affiliates.
- Encourage continuous professional and personal growth, instilling a desire to contribute to the profession and society at large. The program encourages students to become active participants in the design community, become members of their local Association, write their NCIDQ exams, give back to the community and become progressive leaders in the profession.
- Prepare graduates for entry-level design positions, equipped with the required knowledge and skills for employment in the diverse design industry, ensuring they possess the body of knowledge necessary to respond to social and environmental issues, while designing interior spaces that are technically proficient, code-compliant, conceptually strong, sustainable and all-inclusive.
- Provide enhanced opportunities for students to pursue post-graduate studies, employment, research and/or further their academic studies and/or credentials.
Pathways from Athletic Therapy and Kinesiology
If you've graduated from a health-science degree other than athletic therapy or kinesiology, your application will be assessed on an individual basis.
Get your Osteopathy degree in less time
This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.
How to apply: Submit an application using the program code PBHSB.
Bridging courses (Spring/Summer Semester)
- OSTP 17927D: The Science of Osteopathy (3 credits)
- OSTP 14859: Theoretical Pathways to Osteopathy (5 credits)
- OSTP 16333: Practical Pathways to Osteopathy (1 credit)
After successfully completing the assigned bridging courses, you'll be admitted into Year 2 (Semester 3) of our Osteopathy degree. In order to earn your Osteopathy degree, you'll need to complete all courses in the remaining three years of the program, with the following exceptions.
You will additionally take:
- Year 2: OSTP 11271D: Clinical Methodology (3 credits)
- Year 2: SCIE 22437D: Human Physiology for Allied Health (2 credits)
- Year 3: SCIE 31116D: Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3 credits)
You will not need to take:*
- SCIE 26661D: Pathophysiology 1 (3 credits)
- OSTP 24645D: Structure & Function 2 – Lower Cervicals, Thorax & Upper Extremity (3 credits)
- OSTP 22482D: Applied Clinical Practice 2 (1 credit)
- FLPL 21839D: Internship Prep (1 credit)
- SCIE 39622D: Pathophysiology 2 – Systemic Interactions (3 credits)
- RESE 37626D: Statistical Methods in Health Sciences (3 credits)
- RESE 42279D: Applied Research Methods for Health Sciences (3 credits)
- BUSM 44956D: Business Entrepreneurship for Clinical Practitioners (3 credits)
- 6 Degree Breadth Electives (3 credits each)
*Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:
- OSTP 20782D: Clinical Experience 2 (0.5 credits)
Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.
Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.
Critical Performance Statement
Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.
Each year, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing (CW&P) program hosts a Writer-in-Residence. The 8-month residency is awarded to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name.
In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing.
How our Writer-in-Residence supports Sheridan students
Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:
- shares their expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer;
- performs public readings from their recently published work and/or current work-in-progress;
- organizes public lectures and/or workshops; and
- works with faculty to augment existing curriculum in the area of creative writing, publishing and/or creativity.
Award-winning fiction writer, playwright and poet Kate Cayley is joining Sheridan as the 2023–24 CW&P Writer-in-Residence.
Cayley has published two short story collections and three collections of poetry, and her plays have been performed in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. She has won the Trillium Book Award, an O. Henry Prize and the Mitchell Prize for Poetry, and been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, the ReLit Award for both fiction and poetry, and the K.M. Hunter Award for Fiction.
Her writing has appeared in such literary publications as Brick, Electric Literature, Joyland, Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Stories, and she has been a writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Toronto Public Library.
"Kate’s diverse work plumbs meaning, strangeness and beauty from the spaces we inhabit, even in our domestic lives, while tackling some of the big philosophical questions we all face," says Dr. Genevieve Amaral, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Creativity. "Our Sheridan community welcomes her capacious intellect, limpid style and wonderful mentorship with full hearts, open ears, and pens, paper and keyboards at the ready!"
From ideas to impact: a masterclass in applied creativity and innovation
Are you a business lead who's looking to level up your company's culture of creativity and entrepreneurship?
Sheridan offers FREE, one-hour masterclasses on topics such as:
- Creative Strategies for an EDI-driven World
- The Science of Creativity and Innovation
- Intra- and Entrepreneurial Thinking, and
- Creative Team Leadership
These masterclasses will catalyze your climate of innovation and give your team an exclusive look into Sheridan’s one-of-a-kind graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation.*
*Advance further with our Applied Creativity and Innovation graduate certificate
Our new graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation is a great professional development (PD) opportunity for many company teams. The program teaches complex problem-solving, creativity, innovation and negotiation skills — competencies that make companies more resilient and adaptable as they face the unique challenges presented by the future of work.
Why this program is a great choice for PD:
- Flexible hours — your employees can complete their graduate certificate online, at their own pace.
- Relevant coursework – they can choose electives that are most applicable to their position at your company.
- Award-winning faculty – they’ll learn from instructors who are on the cutting-edge of creativity and innovation research.
- Practicum project – they’ll work alongside our team of experts to resolve an issue that your business is facing today — whether it’s how to leverage artificial intelligence technology, advance your sustainability efforts, update your marketing strategies, address supply chain inefficiencies or another challenge.
This new graduate certificate is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023.
Apprenticeship Exemption Test
The Apprenticeship Exemption Test (AET) provides a chance for students who are learning a skilled trade to bypass in-class studies.
In most cases, you need to score 70% or higher to pass the AET. If you score lower than 70%, you'll need to wait three months before you can try again (with some exceptions for certain exams).
Apprenticeship Exemption Tests are administered at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, through Sheridan's Assessment Centre.
Learn more about the AET, including eligibility criteria, available tests and how to register.
Sheridan is a Ministry-approved Apprenticeship Exemption Test centre, authorized through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD), for both apprentices and non-apprentices.
Ontario College Diploma
Full-time 2 years Program code: PVETT
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