Portland Community College Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Veterinary Technology

Rock Creek Bldg 7, Rm 202 | Department Chair: Ragan Borzcik, DVM | 971-722-7252

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.

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 veterinary technician licensing exam (Veterinary Technician National Examination). Over the past three years 98.7% of our graduates pass the national exam the first time they take it, that data is outlined below. 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.

  • Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE: 76
  • Three-year VTNE pass percentage: 98.7%

(July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019)

What's Next?

  1. All information sessions have been converted to an online format. Please email vet@pcc.edu to RSVP and receive a Zoom invitation for any of the following sessions. Be sure to specify the session you would prefer to attend in your email.
    • May 29, 2020, 10-11:30am
    • June 26, 2020, 10-11:30am
    • July 24, 2020, 10-11:30am
    • August 28, 2020, 10-11:30am
  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. You can change your major 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