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Animal Care Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career in Animal Care

Dedicated animal lovers who enjoy both the technical side and handling aspects of caring for animals are in high demand. As a result, animal care programs at Ontario colleges prepare students for a career that has countless opportunities. As an animal care graduate, you’ll assist veterinarians, develop nutrition and wellness plans, provide companionship to a wide range of animals, and much more.

If you are patient and motivated, and you want to turn your love of animals into a career in animal care and behaviour, here’s what you need to know. More

Animal Care Courses

Animal care programs prepare students in areas like animal behaviour, wellness, grooming, science and treatment. Students learn about treatment procedures and basic medical care, which is a valued skill in many veterinary practices, clinics and hospitals. Courses in animal care programs prepare students for roles similar to a veterinary assistant.

Common course subjects include:

  • Training
  • Breeding
  • Disease prevention
  • Husbandry
  • Animal adoption

As practical education, programs use live animals to provide real-life experience and teach students how to adjust to different types of animals and situations. Field placements are also a common part of the curriculum.

General Animal Care Program Requirements

Animal care programs at Ontario colleges require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English credit. Students may also need a grade 11 or 12 math or science credit, though individual requirements will vary by program. Specific animal immunizations are also required for admittance.

Animal Care Jobs and Salaries

Ontario college animal care programs prepare students to work in a variety of settings, including (but not limited to):

  • Veterinary hospitals
  • Zoos
  • Dog care facilities
  • Shelters
  • Animal rehabilitation centres

The average entry-level salary for a job in animal care is in the low- to mid-$20,000s. Position and level of related experience could impact your starting salary.

Ontario Colleges Offering Animal Care Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of animal care programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Animal Care DURHAM WHITBY CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Animal Care


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ACAR
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Animal Care DURHAM WHITBY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Animal Care


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: ACAR
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Animal Care DURHAM WHITBY OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Animal Care


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: ACAR
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Animal Care SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Animal Care


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PANCR
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Animal Care SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Animal Care


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PANCR
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Animal Care SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Animal Care


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PANCR
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Animal Grooming NORTHERN HAILEYBURY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Animal Grooming


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: H133
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Commercial Beekeeping (Graduate Certificate) NIAGARA NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Commercial Beekeeping (Graduate Certificate)


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0770
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Commercial Beekeeping (Graduate Certificate) NIAGARA NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Commercial Beekeeping (Graduate Certificate)


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0770
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Large Animal Health And Production SENECA KING OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Large Animal Health And Production


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: LAH
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Pratiques Agricoles - Production Animale LA CITÉ ALFRED OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Pratiques Agricoles - Production Animale


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 41678
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Techniques Agricoles - Production Animale LA CITÉ ALFRED OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Techniques Agricoles - Production Animale


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 51680
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Techniques De Soins Vétérinaires BORÉAL SUDBURY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Techniques De Soins Vétérinaires


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: VETQ
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Techniques de Soins Vétérinaires-Alfred BORÉAL SUDBURY-ALFRED OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Techniques de Soins Vétérinaires-Alfred


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: VEAQ
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Veterinary Assistant GEORGIAN ORILLIA WAITLISTED Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Veterinary Assistant


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: VETA
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Veterinary Assistant GEORGIAN ORILLIA OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Veterinary Assistant


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: VETA
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Veterinary Technician GEORGIAN ORILLIA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Veterinary Technician


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: VETN
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Veterinary Technician SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Veterinary Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PVETT
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Veterinary Technician ST. CLAIR SOUTH CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Veterinary Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: H258
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Veterinary Technology Wildlife Rehabilitation NORTHERN HAILEYBURY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Veterinary Technology Wildlife Rehabilitation


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: H134
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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