Admission Requirements

The Central Oregon Community College Veterinary Technician Program is a closed admission program. The program currently accepts students every two years.

  • The next Veterinary Technician class will start fall 2020.
  • The application to apply will be open January 2, 2020.
  • The 2020 Veterinary Technician Admission Handbook will be posted May 1, 2019.

Please refer to the Admissions Handbook for detailed admission requirements. Please contact Beth Palmer at for application questions.

Application Eligibility Requirements

  • Current COCC Student
    • Apply to COCC as a degree-seeking credit student. Because the Veterinary Technician major is only reserved for students who have been accepted to the Veterinary Technician program, students may select the Associate of General Studies. See COCC Getting Started
  • Completion of the required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed by the end of Winter term in the year you plan to apply.

    Prerequisite Courses
    Subject Class Number Credits
    Intermediate Algebra MTH 95 or MTH 111 or higher 4
    Biological Science BI 101 or BI 211 4 or 5
    English Composition WR 121 4
    Chemistry GS 105 or CH 104 4 or 5
    Interpersonal Communication SP 218 3
  • Official High School Diploma or GED

  • Completion of the Assessment Technology Institutes Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) exam with a minimum score level of "Proficient"

  • Completion of 40 hours of observation in a veterinary clinic and discussion questions

  • Completion of the Veterinary Technician Admission Application.

Application Evaluation

Applicants are evaluated using a point system. Points may be earned in the following areas:

  • ATI TEAS Exam (50 points max)
    • The students adjusted composite score will be used to calculate points toward the students application. The score will be multiplied by 0.50 in order to determine actual application points.
  • Applicant Interview (30 points max)
    • The interview allows the Admissions Committee to assess the students knowledge of veterinary technology, academic and professional goals, preparedness, commitment, team skills and values. It also provides the committee the opportunity to obtain specific information about the students animal experience. All applicant interviews will be scored using a grading rubric.
  • Veterinary/Animal Experience (20 points max)
    • Students who have experience in the veterinary medical field or with animal handling will be awarded points based on the type of animal experience. Students must provide verification of volunteer/work hours. NOTE: The 40 hours observation requirement does not count here.