Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant

Please note: The Veterinary Assistant Program at LBCC will be discontinued. Current students in the program will be given the opportunity to complete their degree, however we will not be accepting new students. We invite you to explore other programs in the Health and Healthcare Meta Major and connect with an advisor to chart your course.

Veterinary Assistant

  • Why Go into Veterinary Assistant
  • Careers
  • Program Information
  • Tuition and Financial Aid
  • Information Session
  • Apply
  • Why Should You Go into Veterinary Assistant?

    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.

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon.

    Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.

    Median Earnings: Annual Openings:
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  • Program Information

    The 2019 Vet Assistant program begins on January 7, 2019 and runs until May 3, 2019. Online applications are open starting October 29, 2018. 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.

    2019 Program Dates:

    Program Orientation

    • December 14, 2018

    Start of Program

    • January 7, 2019

    End of Program

    • May 3, 2019

    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)
    • Financial Aid

    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 in mid-December.

    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 way:

    • One quarter of the program must be paid up front by the date of program orientation. ($1250 + $15 processing fee)
    • The rest of the program is paid in three monthly installments in January, February, and March. ($1250 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.

    Additional Costs

    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
    • ~$20 document tracker
    • $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.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    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:

    Questions? Concerns? Here's who to contact:

    • LBCC Financial Aid
    • LBCC's Financial Aid Director: Elaine Robinson (541) 917-4854

    Our Program:

  • Information Session

    The Short Term Training program also hosts in-person information sessions for all those interested in visiting us on campus. Call our program assistant for more information: (541) 917-4927.

  • Apply

    Application for LBCC's Veterinary Assistant program opens once per year in late October. 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

    Application opens

    • October 29th, 2018, 9:00AM

    Residency Priority ends

    • November 3th, 2018, 5:00PM

    Admissions notices sent

    • November 19th - November 23rd, 2018

    Program Orientation

    • December 14th, 2018

    Program start

    • January 7th, 2019

    Getting Started

    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, Rebecca Otto ((541) 917-4927)
    • Fill out the online Information Session or contact Rebecca Otto for in-person information sessions.
    • Plan ahead and sign up for the required prerequisites (WR95, CS120).
    • 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!

    Application Requirements

    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 application.
    • Check your status: you MUST be in good academic and financial standing at LBCC in order to be considered for this program.
    • 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 Information Session 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.
    • Prerequisites: WR 95, CS 120.
    • 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

    Post-Admission Requirements

    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
    • Immunization record: Tdap vaccination
    • Record release form
    • Program deposit


    Contact our Program Assistant: (541) 917-4927

Veterinary Assistant Facilities