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Veterinary Assistant Program at Portland Community College (PCC)

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  • FAFSA School Code: 003213
  • Phone: (503) 244-6111

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  • Phone: (503) 977-4519

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Veterinary Assistant Program

The veterinary assistant program at Portland Community College prepares students to assist veterinarians, laboratory animal specialists, and zoological professionals in treating animals. They also have the option to become a kennel attendant, animal caretaker, groomer, zookeeper, or animal trainer. The program focuses on providing patient management, care, and clinical procedure assistance, and owner communication. Program courses include: animal health and nutrition, animal handling, clinical pathology, radiology, anesthesiology, dental prophylaxis, surgical assisting, and clinical laboratory procedures. Get more details below including other Oregon colleges that offer veterinary assistant program.

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Students Enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. PCC offers an associate's degree program in veterinary assistant.

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Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Veterinary Assistant program at PCC, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Description:

    Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

  • Description:

    Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, veterinary technologists and technicians employment is expected to grow at a rate of 52.0% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
      • Total Employment: 770
      • Average Hourly Rate: $16.09
      • Average Annual Salary: $33,480

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

  • Description:

    Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 14.2% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
      • Total Employment: 630
      • Average Hourly Rate: $11.27
      • Average Annual Salary: $23,440

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Veterinary Assistant Programs in Oregon

Veterinary Assistant programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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Linn - Benton Community College

Albany, OR
Type: Community College

18 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Medical Assistant (C)
  • Pharmacy Technician (C)
  • Veterinary Assistant (C)