Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

A Passion for Animals

Veterinary Technician program student holding a cat

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.

What's Next?

  1. Attend a Prospective Student Information Session to learn more about the program and admissions process. To attend a session please RSVP to vet@pcc.edu.
    • April 14, 10am, Rock Creek Bldg 7 Rm 110
    • May 19, 10am, Rock Creek Bldg 7 Rm 110
    • June 9, 10am, Rock Creek Bldg 7 Rm 110
  2. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since this is a restricted entry program, you should choose Associate of General Studies for now. Your major will be changed once you've applied and been accepted into the program.
  3. Plan how you'll pay for college
  4. Apply for admission to the Veterinary Technology Program