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Apply to Veterinary Technology

To join this program, you must apply for admission. This competitive program accepts 30 students once a year in the spring for a fall start date. Applicants who are most successful have veterinary experience and a high college GPA. The selection process is based on points – see how to earn points and become a more competitive applicant below.

Questions? Attend an information session or talk with a program advisor.

How to apply

  1. Apply to PCC

    Complete this step as soon as possible so you can start using PCC resources. On the application, choose Associate of General Studies for your major. (Your major will be updated after you’re admitted to the program.)
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  2. Application timeline
    Term you want to start Apply to Veterinary Technology
    Fall 2021 May 1, 2021 extended to July 1, 2021
    Take prerequisites

    These classes must be completed with a “C” or better by the July 1 deadline. If you’ve taken these at another college, contact us to have your transcripts evaluated.

    • MTH 95: Intermediate Algebra
    • WR 121: English Composition
    • CH 151: Preparatory Chemistry
    • BI 112: Cell Biology
    • MP 111: Medical Terminology
  3. Complete direct observation

    All applicants must spend at least 40 hours in a veterinary clinical setting and submit the direct observation forms with the application.

  4. Letter of recommendation

    This letter may be from a past or present employer, instructor, animal handler, volunteer supervisor, etc. However, a letter from a practicing Veterinarian or Certified Veterinary Technician earns you more points in this category and is preferred. The letter must be received in a sealed envelope and mailed with all the materials in your application packet.

  5. Submit application

    Complete the application to Veterinary Technology.

  6. Interview

    Competitive applicants will be offered a chance to sit for an interview and final decisions for program entry will be made after the interview.

After you apply

In early July, applicants will be notified of their status via their PCC email.

How are applicants selected?

Applicants are evaluated using a point system. Points can be earned in the following areas:

  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Overall GPA
  • Completion of a prior degree
  • Veterinary experience
  • Animal experience
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Interview