Rock Creek Bldg 7, Rm 202 | Program Director: Brad Krohn, DVM | 971-722-7461
A Passion for Animals
Playing with animals is easy. Maintaining their health and well-being is not. Contrary to popular belief, veterinary technicians may not only work in animal clinics but may also work with animals in research, a zoo, parks or wildlife preserves, animal shelters, animal control companies, and in many other places. A technician may also work in a facility providing services to animals but may not have exposure to animals (a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, for example). Whatever the role, a passion for working with animals or in a science-based health profession is required.
Veterinary technology broadens the world we know from animals as pets to animals that aid society. While many of us only see animals as pets, animals serve several roles. Veterinary technology ensures that our roles and relationships with animals further our knowledge of animal health while seeking to improve their lives and maintain their habitat and dignity. Becoming a veterinary technician can provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work towards the greater good of animals and to prepare you to begin working to understand their unique contribution to all of our lives.
Degrees and Certificates
In this program you can earn the following:
- Associate of Applied Science Degree
See the catalog for information regarding program requirements.
Higher Standards, Higher Demand
PCC’s Veterinary Technology program is the only program of its kind in the state of Oregon, and only one of four in the Pacific Northwest. The program prepares students to become certified veterinary technicians and to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam, administered by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
Since 1993, graduates of PCC’s Veterinary Technology program have exceeded the national average on the national exam. Our graduates pass at a rate of 98.8% which compares to a national average of 84.7%. In general, there are three to four jobs available per graduate. In short, more jobs exist than there are people to fill them. Our higher standards mean that you will be in higher demand.
- Still have questions you want answered before applying? Refer to this Prospective Student Checklist.
- Apply for admission to PCC.
- Take the college placement test. See catalog for required placement test scores.
- Complete the program prerequisites (see catalog).
- Apply for admission to the Veterinary Technology
- The two-year certificate program begins in the fall term of each school year and accepts 30 students each fall. Completed applications for classes beginning each fall term are by May 1st.