Veterinary Technician


Why study to be a Veterinary Technician?

With a team-centered learning atmosphere, modern facilities, and unique hands-on learning partnerships, COCC's Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech) program prepares students for rewarding careers in treating and caring for animals. One of only two American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited programs in Oregon, the Redmond-based Vet Tech program combines a fully functioning vet clinic, ultra-realistic animal simulations, visits to ranches, rescues, and other field experiences, and direct work with live patients through an affiliation with BrightSide Animal Center.

In this two-year program (summers off), students gain confidence and refine technical skills as they progress from small hands-on labs and lectures to fulfilling 360 hours of clinical internship work during their final term, making career connections in the process.

"Not only do you get to work with animals, but you get to work with the people who love them, and that's a reward in itself."

Cierra Buer, DVM, medical director of the COCC Veterinary Technician program.

Certified veterinary technicians provide the day-to-day care essentials that assist veterinarians in treating patients, with responsibilities ranging from radiology and diagnostic testing to lab work and surgery preparation. Veterinary technicians must pass both a national and state credentialing examination and stay up-to-date with continuing education to be considered licensed/registered/certified (the term varies by state).


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Program-Specific Information

The Veterinary Technician Associate of Applied Science is designed to prepare students to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination to become a certified veterinary technician. The program provides education in subjects such as animal husbandry, nursing, nutrition, animal handling, parasitology, hematology, microbiology, radiology, pharmacology, anesthesiology, dental prophylaxis, surgical assisting, and office procedures.

Our program aligns with the legal standards of practice necessary for professional licensure in the state of Oregon. After obtaining your license, if you consider relocating to another U.S. state, explore our resources to understand whether your skills meet licensing requirements in different states.



Vet Tech

Explore career paths for Veterinary Technicians.

Career Paths in Vet Tech


Allison Lake

Hear from Veterinary Technician students and graduates.

Student and Alumni Stories


COCC Vet Tech Program Faculty

Learn about faculty backgrounds and expertise.

Faculty Profiles


Beth Palmer
Program Director
Associate Professor of Veterinary Technician Education

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Accreditation Information

The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities as a program for educating veterinary technicians.

Pass Rate

Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) 3-Year Pass Rate

  • Dates: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
  • Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE: 23
  • Three-year VTNE pass percentage: 100%