Portland Community College Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Veterinary Technology

The mission of Portland Community College's Veterinary Technology Program is to provide a supportive learning environment and the hands-on experience needed to prepare students to work as veterinary health care professionals. This includes an emphasis on the professionalism, leadership, and clinical competency necessary for the promotion of animal health and welfare, public health, and the human-animal bond. We are committed to fostering a dedication to lifelong learning and personal development in our graduates.

Located on the beautiful Rock Creek Campus, PCC’s Veterinary Technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education. Our program prepares students to become certified veterinary technicians and take the Veterinary Technician National Exam, administered by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board. Since 1993, graduates of PCC’s Veterinary Technology program have consistently exceeded the national average on the national licensing exam. When averaged over the past three years, 97% of our graduates pass the national exam (see data below).

Average number of yearly graduates 25
Average number of graduates taking the VTNE for the first time 25
Average pass rate for graduates taking the VTNE for the first time 97%

(Averages calculated from July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017 exam results)

Graduates who pass the national exam are prepared to work as certified veterinary technicians in small and large animal hospitals and clinics, laboratory animal research facilities, educational institutions, military service and commercial firms, among others.

Our program provides training in the surgical, medical, and interpersonal skills necessary for today’s veterinary technician. With access to a full working farm on campus as well as dogs, cats, and lab animals our students receive hands-on instruction throughout their time here on campus. Additionally, students complete three, 160-hour externships in veterinary facilities that participate in the PCC Cooperative Education program. Please note that our program is challenging, see the Veterinary Technology Schedule of Classes for examples of curricular responsibilities. We recommend that students work no more than 20 hours per week, if necessary. After graduation there are generally three to four jobs available per graduate.


These costs are approximate and based on 84 Veterinary Technology credits, 16 general education credits.

Item Cost
Tuitionand fees See Tuition and Fees (Use the college cost calculator to determine costs per term.)
Textbooks and note packets $500-$800 total, for the entire program
Supplies* $300-$500

*Supplies may include: scrubs, lab smock, coveralls, farm boots, stethoscope, name badge

  • Estimated total costs for the program with General Education credits:
  • Estimated total costs for the program excluding General Education credits:

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

University Transfer

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