Agricultural & Veterinary Studies SHSM

Program Lead: Mr. Shawn Brown   (


This program will utilize experiential opportunities, including co-op placements, to promote student learning in animal science, crop science, wellness & healthy living, farming practices and participation in the local agricultural and veterinary community. The program focus will include career exploration in the following areas of study: Farming, veterinary technology, animal science, plant science, food, equine studies and the environment.

Watch a video about the program and hear from our students!

What classes will I take? 

Four focus credits related to Agriculture and Veterinary Studies

Possibilities include: 

In addition to the 4 focus courses, they must also take:

These courses can be at the University (U), University/College (M), College (C) or Workplace (E) Level.

Possible co-op placement hosts

McCarthur's Farms - Cash crop farm

Fallbrook Farm  - horse trail ride centre

Blooms Away - florist

Whole Circle Farm - biodynamic organic farm

SEMEX - livestock genetics company  

Strongs - horse training facility

Ideal Training Centre - horse training facility

Premiere Equipment - John Deere Dealership

Bilt Canada - construction company

Northfield Stables - horse boarding facility

Minshalls - Horse breeding facility

Milton Equine Hospital - referral hospital for horses

Greenhawk - tack store

Who should take this shsm? 

Anyone with an interest in working with animals and the environment. Agriculture & Veterinary Studies is a broad field, students will be able to tailor their learning to fit their interests and potential career paths. Students will participate in hands-on experiential learning, learn from people working in the Agriculture and Veterinary sectors and explore potential career options while gaining valuable experience. 

We've learned that if you want a job, there is one waiting for you in the Agriculture industry. 

Almost everything is offered at no cost to students (there may be minor exceptions). 

See "Transportation to Acton SHSM" below for information about joining this program as a non-Acton District student. 

Transportation To acton SHSM Programs

Students attending Northern HDSB schools (Milton, Georgetown, Acton) are eligible to attend SHSM programming at any Northern school. Students can stay in their home school to take classes connected to their SHSM and will join their SHSM co-hort on experiential learning days. The transportation to SHSM events will be provided for those experiential days. 

For more information please see the HDSB Transportation Policy here. 

Experiential learning and certifications

Large Animal Handling 

Small Animal First Aid 


Apiculture Awareness

Leadership Skills Course

Chainsaw Safety Course