Veterinary Assistant Program at Portland Community College

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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. Portland Community College offers an associate's degree program in veterinary assistant.

Students by Gender (2015)


Students by Race (2015)

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Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

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

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary


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

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians


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 & Projections ()

According to the BLS, veterinary technologists and technicians employment is expected to grow at a rate of 18.7% from 2014 to 2024

Salary & Wages

  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
    • Total Employment: 720
    • Average Hourly Rate: $16.49
    • Average Annual Salary: $34300

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 = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

Linn - Benton Community College

Albany, OR
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School Details

  • Type: Community College
  • 17 students completed this program


  • Medical Assistant (C)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (C)
  • Pharmacy Technician (C)
  • Veterinary Assistant (C)

Central Oregon Community College

Bend, OR
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School Details

  • Type: Community College


  • Medical Assistant (A)
  • Pharmacy Technician (A)
  • Veterinary Assistant (A)

Blue Mountain Community College

Pendleton, OR
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School Details

  • Type: Community College


  • Veterinary Assistant (C)

Abdill Career College Inc

Medford, OR
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School Details

  • Type: Career College
  • 9 students completed this program


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

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