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The 2018 Vet Assistant program begins on January 8, 2018 and runs until May 4, 2018. Online applications are open starting October 30, 2017. Check Program Bulletin for current application details.

LBCC's Vet Assistant program begins with Winter Term every year starting in January. It runs for 17 weeks total and is divided into 2 sections: a 13-week classroom/learning portion and a 4-week clinical/on-the-job training portion in which you will be able to work in a veterinary clinic stationed in the Willamette Valley.

There are a total of 24 spots available in this program total and accepted students move through the training together as a cohort. 


As participants of this program, students complete a total of 12 different classes, and 29 credits worth of material. 

Students in the program receive hands-on experience in learning surgical and anesthetic techniques, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology for animals, large and small animal restraint, regular veterinary office practices, and office management skills. In addition, students take a full class focused on job search skills and resume building specific to the veterinary field in order to prepare them for work after the program has concluded.

Instructors in this program are trained veterinary professionals and veterinarians, prepared to teach with the experience and acumen to help students succeed in a veterinary clinic setting. 

The following courses are required as part of the Veterinary Assistant Program:

Veterinary Assistant Program Curriculum Credits
VT 100 Introduction to the Veterinary Profession & Veterinary Terminology 1
VT 102 Veterinary Foundations 3
VT 103 Clinical Sciences 2
VT 115 Patient Care Techniques 4
VT 105 Job Success for Veterinary Assistants 1
VT 107 Veterinary Pharmacology 2
VT 195 Client Communication and Office Procedures 2
VT 109 Surgery & Anesthesia Assisting 2
VT 110 Veterinary Radiology 2
VT 120 Veterinary Assistant Practicum 5



Veterinary Assistant Clinical ExperienceThe Veterinary Assistant program offers a comprehensive 150-hour total clinical practicum experience as part of the curriculum. This clinical experience takes place during the last four weeks of the program.

During these four weeks, students have the opportunity to work up to 40 hours per week at a veterinary clinical site where they have been placed. These clinics are located throughout the Willamette Valley, not only in the Lebanon/Corvallis/Albany area, but also in Stayton, Salem, Eugene, and beyond.

In their clinical experience, students receive a hands-on look at what it means to work as a veterinary assistant, putting what they have just learned in the classroom to work. Students receive mentoring from veterinary clinic staff and management, gaining experience in many different aspects of the veterinary assistant career pathway. Many students use this clinical placement as a means to begin networking with the veterinary community.

Students must have completed and passed all classes with a C average or better before they are cleared to begin their clinical experience.


Classes take place between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. All classes are held on LBCC's Lebanon campus. Students can expect this program to be a 30 to 40 hour per week commitment while classes and clinicals are going. As such, any student going through this program should treat it as a full-time commitment.

A full program calendar of all scheduled classes is readily available to accepted students. Students must be accepted into the program in order to be registered for classes.

2018 Program Dates:

Program Orientation Start of Program End of Program
December 15, 2017 January 8, 2018 May 4, 2018


Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a certificate in Veterinary Assistant will be able to:

  • Assist the veterinarian in patient care and practice management.
  • Demonstrate appropriate patient management for a variety of animal species.
  • Demonstrate effective communication with clients, family members, and colleagues using verbal, written, and information technology tools/devices.