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Frequently asked questions

Is there a waiting list to apply to the program?

No. Individuals wanting to be a student in the Veterinary Technology program are welcome to apply each year. The application packet materials and prerequisites have to be complete and turned into the program office on or before May 1.

How many people apply to the Veterinary Technology program each year?

Between 60 to 100 people apply each year for 30 available positions. By keeping the number to 30 the Veterinary Technology program can provide top-quality veterinary medical training to our students that includes hands-on experience, low student to teacher ratio, and timely feedback and advising.

Candidates not accepted into the current class of the Veterinary Technology program are encouraged to reapply the next year. These individuals need to resubmit application materials such as a new application, additional veterinary medical work experience and/or additional academic work, and letters of recommendation.

What are my chances of being accepted into the program?

We accept approximately 25 students to begin the program in the fall of each year. The students are selected based on criteria the program’s faculty and staff feel are important for student success and success as a marketable employee in the field of veterinary technology. Since the program receives anywhere from 50 to 85 applications per year those applicants who have veterinary experience, college experience, competitive GPA in college and high school, who have completed college course work in the field of science and math and who conduct themselves in a professional manner during the interview usually gain acceptance.

How tough is the competition?

Some applicants have many years of veterinary experience and a college degree. Those applicants usually are accepted into the program. Some applicants have many years of veterinary experience and minimal college experience and exposure. Those applicants may or may not get in. If an applicant has veterinary experience of 1 year or more, has a minimum of 30 college credits; most of them being in the category of math and science, a good letter of recommendation from a veterinarian, a competitive college and high school GPA, a good score in the interview and a satisfactory application packet, they are most successful in gaining acceptance. The competition varies from year to year.

What are the class hours like?

See the Veterinary Technology schedule of classes for an example of a student schedule (Note: This may not be your exact class schedule.)

How rigorous is the curriculum?

The curriculum is challenging. We recommend that students not work more than 20 hours per week. In addition, budgeting time for studying and extracurricular activities pertaining to the veterinary technology program is highly effective. Since classes and clinics keep Monday through Friday full, there is not much time for students to study during the day. Therefore, study time is usually limited to evening and weekend hours.

Can I schedule classes when I want them?

All of the VT courses are offered during a specific term at a specific time. There is no flexibility when it comes to these courses. General education credits, however, can be earned as a student is able to fit them into their schedule. We have an outline of when GE courses best fit into each term, but it is essentially up to the student to choose.

How long is the program? Can I finish the curriculum in less than two years? Do I have to finish in two years?

The program is a two-year program. It is specifically 7 full terms in duration, as students do attend classes and clinicals during summer term. One is not able to complete the program in less than two years and is expected to finish and graduate at the end of the two-year program.

Will my general studies courses from other colleges and universities transfer to PCC?

Most general education courses will. Please contact an academic advisor to see if your credits will transfer.

What are the courses like? Are they difficult?

This is a challenging science curriculum. There is a lot of information being given to you that requires one to listen and spend time reviewing and studying. Most of the courses are science-oriented so understanding one aspect of one subject is imperative for learning the next sequence of material. Attendance in all classes and laboratories is mandatory.

How much will the program cost?

See approximate costs of the Veterinary Technology program.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, see the PCC Financial Aid website.

Once I graduate, will I be able to find employment?

Most of the students graduating from the Veterinary Technology program find employment before they graduate. Currently, there is a shortage of veterinary technicians in the community and the field. On average there are three to four jobs per graduating student.

Is this a hands-on program?

Most of our labs provide an opportunity for students to learn in a “hands-on” environment.

Can I get into the program if I do not have all of the prerequisite course requirements?

No. The complete application packet of materials needs to be turned into the Veterinary Technology program on or before May 1 during the spring term of the year in which you are applying for. This application packet must include the grades and transcripts of all required prerequisites for entrance into the program. There may be exceptions to this rule based on individual circumstances with prior approval from Dr. Borzcik well in advance of the May 1 deadline.