Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

1. Classes

The first four of the following courses are required prior to entrance into the program. All courses must be successfully completed with grade of C or better. The courses noted with an * are required for graduation and may be taken during the program, though this is not recommended

Subject Class Number Credits
Applied Mathematics *Math 60 or higher *Please note that Math 95 or higher will be the anticipated prerequisite for the fall 2016 registration. That change is not reflected in the 2014-2015 catalog. 4
Biological Science BI 101 or BI 211 4
English Composition WR 121 4
Fund of Chemistry GS 105 or *CH 104 Requires Math 95 or higher* 4
Interpersonal Communication* SP 218 3
Health* Three credits with HHP prefix (Identical HHP activity courses (1 credit) can be counted only once in this section *May be taken while in program 3

2. Required Observation Hours

Students must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency, must complete 40 hours of observation in a veterinary practice and must provide verification of this experience by 4:30 May 2, 2014 for the fall 2014 registration. Students who do not fulfill this requirement by the deadline will be dropped from the program.

Please submit the forms to Seana Barry, Admissions and Records in the Boyle Education Center. If you wish to send it from one of the satellite campuses please put it in a sealed envelope addressed to Seana Barry, Admissions and Records, Bend Campus.

3. Required Vaccinations and Vaccination Waiver Form 

Once students have successfully registered for VT program and prior to starting classes, they must certify with their primary care physician that they are current on Tetanus vaccination and decide on Rabies prophylaxis vaccination. Proof of Tetanus vaccination must be provided to COCC.

Students must also review Rabies information sheet to decide whether or not to pursue the recommended 3 vaccine series of Rabies prophylaxis and sign a request or waiver form at the end of the document. Rabies vaccination requires 1 vaccination followed in 7 days by a booster followed in 21days from the 1st vaccination with a final booster. The total for full Rabies vaccination at approximately $1000 for entire series. The vaccination request form must be submitted in writing. If the student declines Rabies vaccination, the Rabies waiver form must also be signed before entry into the program.

Submit proof of Tetanus with either Rabies waiver or request form to Beth Palmer, Veterinary Technician Program Director - Health Careers Center 243 or in a sealed envelope from any of the satellite campuses addressed to Beth Palmer, Allied Health by September 12, 2014.

Address all vaccine questions to Beth Palmer, Veterinary Technician Program Director at

Human Rabies Prevention Program Request/Waiver Form

4. Background Check

Students are required to initiate and pay for a criminal history background check by September 1, 2014. See instructions on the right.

Extra Program Costs

Student Lab fee per term $300
In some cases immunization cost for Tetanus and Rabies $100-$786
Background check $55
Scrubs X 2 $60
Lab jacket x 1 $21
Coveralls $35
Farm Boots-rubber $25
Stethoscope $20
Thermometer $5
Bandage Scissors $6
Watch with second hand, water resistant $25
Name Badge $5
Calculator w/ scientific calculation ability $7
Transportation Varies
 Drug Screening $45 
 Immunization Tracking $10 

*Live animal handling labs are held off campus each week beginning in the second term of the program. Labs may be held in Bend or Redmond. Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from live animal labs.

5. Drug Screening

All students will undergo drug screening with the vendor approved by Central Oregon Community College, prior to the start of the Veterinary Technician program. For the fall 2014 class, drug screening will be available August 15 through September 15. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the program and the seat given to an alternate student, if the required drug screening is not initiated with the specified vendor, by September 1, 2014. The drug screening may not be initiated before August 15, 2014.  The Veterinary Technician Program Director will notify the student of positive drug screens and their resulting disqualification from the Veterinary Technician Program. Students have a right to appeal the decision. 


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