Veterinary Assistant is a comprehensive, full-time, 17-week certificate program designed for students looking
to get their foot in the door in the world of veterinary medicine. This is an ideal program for students
looking for a career change or something new - as the field of veterinary medicine is ever-growing.
Veterinary Assistants are in high demand in the Oregon community now, and many veterinary offices need trained
workers to staff their clinics. In partnership with veterinary clinics in the area, LBCC works to train students
for this specialized job upon graduation, and give them the tools they need for success.
Join our faculty made up of real, working veterinarians for this training and gain a certificate for use in
veterinary clinics, ranching, zoos, horse boarding, pet sitting, and beyond.
All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon.
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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 the
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.
The 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:
December 15, 2017
Start of Program
January 8, 2018
End of Program
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.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition cost for this Short Term Training program is: $5,000
This cost is your total tuition cost for the program, and includes the cost of books and supplies!
Once you are accepted into the program, there are three options for how to pay for this program cost:
Pay in full
Deferred Note Contract (Payment Plan)
Option 1: Pay the full cost up front.
You may choose to pay for the full cost of the program up front. Payment is due by the date of program orientation
Option 2: Complete a payment plan.
You may also choose to file a payment plan with the Short Term Training department!
If you file a deferred note contract with the Short Term Training department, payment is broken down in the following
Half of the program must be paid up front by the date of program orientation. ($2500 + $15 processing fee)
The rest of the program is paid in three monthly installments in January, February, and March. ($833 each)
Short Term Training offers the payment plan to all admitted students of the Veterinary Assistant program if they
choose to participate.
Option 3: Financial Aid IS available for this short term training program!
In order to qualify, students must meet regular financial aid criteria. This means that they must:
File for FAFSA for the applicable school year
Have a high school diploma or GED
Be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen
Be admitted to LBCC
NOT be in default or owe repayment of any grant
In addition, students who wish to pay for the program using financial aid must pay a non-refundable $415 deposit
before the program starts. Financial aid CANNOT be used to pay for this deposit, BUT this money will eventually
come back to students as financial aid distributes.
Financial aid pays in TWO INSTALLMENTS per term:
First half: during the second week of term.
Second half: after midterm grades have been reported.
Continued support from financial aid depends upon passing grades in all classes (C average or better).
Financial aid must pay for the program BEFORE it pays you!
The total program tuition must be paid in full before students receive money from Financial Aid for living expenses,
etc. ALL grants and loans through Financial Aid will apply to the program tuition FIRST. Because of this stipulation,
students often do not receive money for living expenses until the second distribution, after midterm grades
have been reported.
Students should be sure to:
Prepare a budget.
Make a plan to see if they have enough money to cover the cost of the program AND expenses.
Have funds to cover living expenses, i.e. rent, food, gas, insurance, utilities, emergencies.
Often, students must depend upon family members, savings, or other sources of funding for the program BEFORE
they receive money from Financial Aid.
Dropouts and Withdrawals:
If students receive money from Financial Aid and THEN decide to drop out of the program, they may be subject
to Title IV return calculation and may need to repay aid.
All financial aid for short term training is based on passing grades - that is, C averages or better. If a student
does not receive passing grades in their classes, then they may lose access to financial aid.
Financial aid CANNOT be used to pay the $415 program deposit.
Short Term Trainings are Terminal Programs
If students receive money from Financial Aid to pay for this program, Financial Aid's expectation is that the
student will enter the workforce in a relevant field for 2-3 years BEFORE they apply for additional aid.
Example: a student who takes the Phlebotomy program must work as a phlebotomist for 2-3 years after graduation
BEFORE applying for financial aid for the training they plan to take in Medical Assisting. Financial Aid may
not award them grants or loans if they apply for the Medical Assisting training before they complete 2 years
working as a phlebotomist.
Please be aware that there are several additional costs that students must be aware of prior to program application.
In addition to the $5,000 tuition, students are also expected to pay:
$30 admission fee to LBCC (for applicants who have never attended LBCC before)
~$60 background check
$15 processing fee
These costs are for admitted students ONLY. These costs are not accounted for in the tuition estimate and they
cannot be covered by Financial Aid.
There are a number of scholarship opportunities available for students at LBCC looking to go into a healthcare
field. Browse through the following databases to find the right options for you:
LBCC's Financial Aid Director: Elaine Robinson 541-917-4854
Becca Otto Program Assistant 541-917-4927 email@example.com
Lorraine Lara Program Advisor 541-917-4923 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy Mallory Program Director 541-917-4934 email@example.com
The Short Term Training program also hosts in-person information sessions for all those interested in visiting
us on campus. Our information sessions are held once monthly, on the second Wednesday at 4 pm. No need to register
beforehand - just drop in!
Upcoming In-Person Information Sessions
February 14, 2018
4 pm Lebanon Center 153
March 14, 2018
4 pm Lebanon Center 153
April 11, 2018
4 pm Lebanon Center 153
Application for LBCC's Veterinary Assistant program opens once per year in early November. In order to apply,
applicants must submit all noted documentation in the Program Bulletin. All qualified candidates will be considered
on a first-come-first-serve basis, with priority given to residents of LBCC's tax district for the first week
that applications are open.
Application to this program is a two-step process: online and in-person. The online process serves to reserve
your spot in line for the program, while you turn in a packet of information in-person to complete the requirements.
Visit our Program Bulletin for a complete description of application materials and processes. For a complete
walk-through of how to apply for the program and program details, visit our online Information Session.
Current Dates and Deadlines
October 30th, 2017, 9:00AM
Residency Priority ends
November 4th, 2016, 5:00PM
Admissions notices sent
November 13th - 17th, 2017
December 15th, 2017
January 8th, 2018
If you're looking at this program before the application opens up, there is still a lot you can do to get prepared!
Consider scheduling an appointment with our Academic Advisor, Christina Horst (541-917-4928)
Plan ahead and sign up for the required prerequisites (WR90).
If you have taken the prerequisites before, have your official transcripts sent to Linn-Benton Community College's
Admissions Office for consideration.
Complete your Veterinary Observation Form (see Program Bulletin) at a veterinary clinic of your choosing.
If you think you are eligible for a Financial Aid award, file for FAFSA for the applicable year.
Just want to ask some questions? Call our Program Assistant at 541-917-4927!
In order to be considered for admission to this program, students must have complete and/or submit all material
listed on page 3 of the Program Bulletin.
Minimum Application Requirements checklist: fill out all information on page 3 and include this sheet in your
Check your status: you MUST be in good academic and financial standing at LBCC in order to be considered for
Online application: students must file an online application BEFORE they submit supplemental packet. Find information
on how to apply on page 4 of the Program Bulletin.
Information Session: you MUST complete the ONE online OR in-person Information Session in total before applying
to this program.
Veterinarian Clinic Observation Form: you MUST complete an 8-hour observation at a veterinary clinic of your
choice and have them fill out the corresponding form located on page 5 of the Program Bulletin.
Compliancy: read and fill out page 6 of the Program Bulletin.
Residency: read and fill out page 7 of the Program Bulletin. This information is required from all applicants
to determine residency status. List all residences where you have lived in the 90 day period prior to applying
to the program.
Prerequisite: WR 90.
Send official transcript from outside institution OR CPT test score OR level of writing taken at LBCC.
On the date the application opens, students may begin to apply online for their upcoming program. The online
application serves to reserve a student's spot in line for the program. After submitting the online application,
students have 2 business days to submit the rest of their required materials listed on page 3 of the Program
Bulletin. Students may either turn in this packet OR mail it in (postmarked between 2 business days of online
application) to the following address:
LBCC Short Term Training Program Assistant
6500 Pacific Blvd. SW
Willamette Hall 120
Albany, OR 97321
After you have received a letter of admission from the program, you will be required to complete a list of post-admission
requirements due by the time of Program Orientation:
Criminal background check
Record release form
Contact our Program Assistant: 541-917-4927
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