Animals are important members of our families and play a significant role in society. Animal care workers perform a variety of key functions in different settings to help ensure animals are cared for so they can enjoy a high quality of life. Through this program you will learn about animal behaviour, nutrition, wellness, handling, basic care procedures, legislation and ethics to give you the required knowledge and skills to be a valued member of an animal care team.
Understanding the science behind what motivates behaviour is necessary for safe interactions with animals. Effective client relations with pet owners are fundamental to providing quality care. Knowing the proper standards of care for common species offers an opportunity to assist with improving animal welfare. This one-year, two-semester program will give you the knowledge and skills to become a valued member of an animal facility. You will learn about:
Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact email@example.com or call 905.721.3126. Please refer to Admission Processes for more details regarding highly competitive programs.
Animal Behaviour (ACAB 1200)
Animal Handling & Restraint (ACAH 2202)
Field Placement Preparation And Careers In Animal Care (ACCA 1204)
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
YEAR ONE FEES
Please note: fees are based on the 2019-2020 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please
Other fees to consider.
WHAT YOU COULD BE:
Animal care attendant
Wildlife rehabilitation assistant
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
Animal control facilities
Veterinary clinics and associated companies
Wildlife rehabilitation centres
Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement in an animal care environment, which will provide you with practical, hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom through the duration of the Animal Care program.
Please note:There are costs associated with completing the pre-placement requirements.
Service fees forVerified, our documentation collection and verification partner.
Costs to complete mandatory immunizations, lab tests, and certifications.
To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:
A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC)
Current Level C CPR certificate from a recognized provider
Current standard first aid certificate from a recognized provider
Program Transfer, Degree Completion and Additional Credentials
Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits towards further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.