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Veterinary Assistant

This certificate program provides prospective veterinary assistants with education and experience in commonly used medical and surgical techniques, as well as an understanding of common disease states of animals. The program also provides an introduction to animal hospital management, business procedures and job preparation skills. Students will be able to step into an entry-level position with the confidence and competence necessary to be a productive addition to the staff.

The structure of the program is integrative with each week focusing on one or more related topics and weekly laboratory time devoted to reinforcing those topics. Guest speakers including board-certified specialists and industry representatives cover specific areas.

The curriculum focuses primarily on small animal species, but information regarding large animal species is incorporated wherever possible.

Most classes are taught on LBCC's main campus.  The cooperative work experience will take place in an area veterinary clinic or hospital.

The Veterinary Assistant program is offered periodically, depending on the number of interested students and the number of available jobs.

A group of up to 24 students completes the training together and attends class for approximately 35 hours a week. Four weeks of clinicals are spent working and observing in a local veterinary clinic or hospital.

This is a 17-week program. Cost is approximately $4,500. This includes all books, registrations, lab fees and instruction costs. The program is eligible for financial aid. This is a special admission program, indicating required prerequisites and limited class space.

Please go to and scroll down to special admission program bulletins for detailed program information, prerequisites and the application process.

Important Dates:

MANDATORY Information Sessions:
Sept. 10, 10-12 p.m.; Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m.; Oct. 9, 11-1 p.m.; Oct. 22, noon-2 p.m., or Nov. 7, 9-11 a.m. on the Albany campus, Calapooia Center, room 212.

Application Opens:  Nov. 18, 2013 Early applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline for priority consideration: 11/22/13

Deposit Deadline: 12/13/13

Program Dates:  1/6-5/2, 2014

2013-2014 FAFSA: Forms should be filed as soon as possible to be ensured that aid eligibility is determined by the deposit date. FAFSA forms must list LBCC school code: 006938

Program Questions
Barbie DuBois, (541) 917-4927,

Course Questions
Marty Schulz, (541) 917-4934,

Admissions Questions
LBCC Admissions/Registration, (541) 917-4811