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Oregon and Washington Programs


Portland Community College

Location: Portland, OR

Cost: $97 per credit plus fees; Estimated cost for program with general education credits: $9,024

Program length: 2-year program, 7 terms including summer

Enrollment info: Enrollment is limited to 30 students per year.  50-100 apply each year. 


“Since 1993, graduates of PCC’s Veterinary Technology program have exceeded the nationalaverage on the national exam. Over the past three years our graduates have maintained a 99% pass rate on the national licensing exam. 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.”


Central Oregon Community College

Location: Redmond, OR

Cost: $125 per credit plus fees (out of state $256)

Program length: 2 years (6 terms)

Total program credits: 105

Enrollment info: Enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students every 2 years.


The Veterinary Technician program is an intensive, physically and academically challenging, full-time program. The program includes clinical practicums designed to give students practical “hands-on” experience to build on the skills learned in the classroom.” 


Bellingham Technical College

Location: Bellingham, WA

155 credits


With BTC’s high quality education and hands-on training, you’ll gain the valuable skills

needed now by veterinary hospitals, surgery centers, specialty care providers, zoos”

Pierce College Community College

Location: Puyallup, WA

Cost: approximately $7,524; 93 credits

Program Length:  21months


“The classes and laboratory experience cover a broad range of topics, from record keeping and receptionist work to surgical assistance, radiology and clinical laboratory tests. The successful student will gain proficiency in both theory and technical tasks associated with the nursing care of a variety of large, small, laboratory and

exotic animal species.“


PIMA Medical Institute

Location: Renton and Seattle, WA

Cost:  Unknown, 78.5 credits

Program Length: 18 months


“You’ll learn medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, office management, examination

techniques, radiologic, dental and surgical procedures as they relate to veterinary care. In

addition, you will spend time honing your skills in equine, livestock and lab animal medicine,

and handling birds, reptiles and some exotic mammals. “


Yakima Valley Community College

Location: Yakima, WA

Cost: 2 yrs Tuition- $9800, lab fees- $1020, Books- $1000, Supplies- $250


“The mission of the Veterinary Technology Program is to attract, educate, and graduate highly competent individuals who are prepared to make a positive impact in their employment areas through excellent patient care, interpersonal communication, and economic skills.”


Distance Learning Programs 

Cedar Valley College:  Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program


Cost: Out State Tuition For Program $10,406

Program length: varies, self paced


“Distance learning is today's solution to the conflicting needs of balancing personal goals while

improving professional standing. DEVTP became accredited by the American Veterinary Medical

Association (AVMA) in 2001. Flexible scheduling designed specifically for working adults — no

commuting or altering work and family life to accommodate class schedules. Optimal student-teacher

contact — professors are available via phone or email for questions and support”


San Juan College: Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program

Cost: $146 per credit hour-plus: flat fee of $305 and other fees; 75-76 credits

Program length: varies, self-paced

The Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program (VTDLP) is designed to take away the

academic and geographical barriers for those seeking to be veterinary assistants or credentialed

veterinary technicians by providing a program that can be completed while you are on the job with minimal disruption to your work and family routines. Each of the courses in the four levels of the program is 12 weeks in duration and the prerequisite and general studies courses are based on traditional 16 week terms.  Depending on personal and work schedules, students can usually complete one to four courses per semester. Students can expect to devote approaximately 4 to 6 hours per week to each course in studying, completing written assignments, examinations, and completing clinical assignments.”


Purdue University: Veterinary Technology Degree Distance Learning

Cost: $270 per credit hour (same for in state and out of state); 7o credits

Program length: Part time students 4-5 years to complete the program. 

Enrollment: 100-175 students enrolled each semester


“The online courses are what constitutes the "book knowledge" and consists of completing

assigned readings, homework assignments, paper/projects, exams, etc. The clinical mentorships

are where you demonstrate to the VTDL faculty and staff that you have mastered all of the

hands-on skills required of an entry-level veterinary technician. All VTDL graduates must

document acquisition of basic skills, typically by submission of video documentation that will be

assessed against a standard set of performance criteria. The mentorships are task-based,

rather than time-based and are intended to be completed at a veterinary facility at which you

are working or volunteering.”


Penn Foster College: Veterinary Technician Degree Distance Learning

Cost: Cost per semester (need 4 to earn degree): $1,302 full payment. 

$1,477 monthly payments. Plus $65 technology non-refundable fee each semester.

Total with no payment plan: about $5,468. $79 per credit, plus 0% interest payment plans available

Length: Varies, Vet Tech Online degree program consists of 4 semesters.  78 credits. 

Semester 1-18 credits Semester two-22 credits, Semester three-18 credits,

Semester four-20 credits


“If you enjoy working with animals and want to become a veterinary technician, you can join

one of the largest, most vibrant communities of Vet Tech students with Penn Foster College.

Our AVMA-CVTEA fully accredited Veterinary Technician program can help you gain the skills

to take the first steps toward a career as a vet tech in a variety of settings. In this online degree

program, you'll study a wide range of topics and gain real-world vet technician experience

during the clinical externship portions of the program. Plus, our online courses allow you to earn

your Associate Degree at home or on the go, and study on your schedule.”


St. Petersburg College: Online program

Cost: $386-426per credit, 73 credits


“Our Veterinary Technology Associate in Science degree gives you a solid foundation for success. Our online program means you don’t have to give up your job to finish your degree. Our program has an excellent national reputation.


· Prepares you for the national certification exam

· Can be completed online

· Online students can take their clinical practicums where they live Is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association through the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities Trains you in a wide range of skills including radiology, nursing, dentistry, surgical preparation, anesthesia and clinical laboratory tests.”



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