Veterinary Technology - Program Overview

Vet Tech student holding a dog down on a table

Located at our beautiful Rock Creek Campus, PCC’s Veterinary Technology program is a two year course of study that offers an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Our program is fully accredited with the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Our program is popular, and admittance is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 30 students per year. Prospective students must apply for admission to the program. Applicants who are most successful in gaining acceptance into the PCC Veterinary Technology program have veterinary experience of a year or more, a minimum of 30 college credits, most in math and science, a good letter of recommendation from a veterinarian, a competitive college and high school grade point average, a good score in the interview and a satisfactory application packet.

Our program is challenging. We recommend that students work no more than 20 hours per week, if necessary. In addition, each student serves three, 160-hour externships in veterinary facilities that participate in the PCC Cooperative Education program. Since classes and clinics will keep your weekdays full, you should schedule your time accordingly. Graduates who pass the national exam are prepared to work as certified technicians in small and large animal hospitals and clinics, laboratory animal research facilities, educational institutions, military service and commercial firms.

Before entry into the program, students must:
  • Take the COMPASS basic skills placement test (see Catalog for placement test score requirements)
  • Have completed program prerequisites (see catalog).
While in the program, students must:
  • Maintain a minimum "C" average letter grade and completion of all coursework.
  • Have transportation to and from Portland area facilities to participate in Cooperative Education.

University Transfer

If your ultimate goal is to become a Veterinarian, please refer to the PCC University Transfer program or contact an Academic Advisor.

Program Costs

These costs are approximate and based on 88 VetTech credits, 18 general education credits.

Item Cost
Tuition, Lab, and Fees See Tuition and Fees (Use the college cost calculator to determine costs per term.)
Books and Notes $850 total for the entire program
Lab Smock $40
Coveralls $35
Stethoscope $50
Name Tag $10
Supplies (paper, notebooks, etc.) $150
Estimated total costs for the program with General Education credits:
$9,024
Estimated total costs for the program without General Education credits:
$7,800

PCC has a variety of financial aid options and scholarship opportunities available for students.