Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Program overview

Veterinary Technician oath

I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and promoting public health. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.

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.

Please note that our program is challenging – see the Veterinary Technology schedule of classes for examples of curricular responsibilities. We recommend that you work no more than 20 hours per week, if necessary.

Costs

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

Item Cost
Tuition and 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, and name badge.

  • Estimated total costs for the program with general education credits:
    $13,200
  • Estimated total costs for the program excluding general education credits:
    $11,600

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 contact program advisor Jenny Kirchler.