Being a veterinary technician is a rewarding career with great job prospects, ideal for animal lovers who thrive in dynamic work environments. In Oregon, jobs in veterinary technology are projected to grow at a strong rate through the year 2022. Although the projected job growth rate (20.6 percent) is not quite as strong as the projected nationwide job growth rate in veterinary technology (29.5), it is still much stronger than the rate at which all jobs are projected to grow nationwide. [Leer en español]
The field of veterinary technology offers a strong average salary to workers in this state. Veterinary technicians in Oregon earn a median annual salary of $33,180, which is slightly higher than the nationwide median vet tech salary of $32,350. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top earners in this field in Oregon may earn as much as $44,370 per year.
Before they can legally work in the state of Oregon, veterinary technicians must be licensed through the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examiner Board (OVMEB). In order to qualify for licensure, candidates must complete a veterinary technician program approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or receive the equivalent on-the-job experience working with a licensed Oregon veterinarian. The OVMEB sets strict guidelines for the nature and quantity of job training needed to substitute for schooling. In addition, candidates must pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the Oregon jurisprudence exam.
Two schools in Oregon offer AVMA-accredited programs in veterinary technology. Portland Community College has a fully-accredited program that began in 1989 and culminates in an associate of applied science degree. Central Oregon Community College has a relatively new program, also resulting in an associate of applied science, which currently has initial accreditation from the AVMA.
Veterinary technicians in Oregon work primarily in small animal hospitals and clinics, although the state’s rural areas do offer some opportunities for large animal work. In 2012, there were 1,430 veterinary technicians employed in Oregon, and that number is projected to grow to 1,720 by 2022. Some of the facilities in need of licensed veterinary technicians include:
- VCA SE Portland Animal Hospital
- Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Corvallis
- Crater Animal Clinic, Central Point
- Willamette Humane Society
The Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association (OVTAA) is the leading professional organization for vet techs in this state. Members help to support an organization that advocates for their profession, and they also receive benefits such as access to continuing education opportunities. Oregon vet techs are also eligible to join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
College and University Listings
- Medford, OR
- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Bend, OR
- Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area
2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97703Veterinary Technician – Associate Program
Central Oregon Community College’s Associate program is based at their campus in the city of Bend, Oregon. The college has roughly 6,312 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees for tuition for in-district students are usually about $3,555 and are $4,599 and $9,135 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,800, although this will vary with the program.
843 E Main Ste 203, Medford, Oregon 97504-7137Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
Abdill Career College Inc’s Certificate program in Veterinary Assistant is based at their campus in the city of Medford. Most of the school’s 41 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees are generally around $9,270 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $4,145, although this will depend on the program.
2411 NW Carden Ave, Pendleton, Oregon 97801Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
Blue Mountain Community College’s Certificate program in Veterinary Assistant is based at their campus in Pendleton in Umatilla County, OR. The majority of of the school’s 1,731 students are on 2-year programs. Fees for tuition for in-state students are about $4,443 and for students from other states likely to be about $12,339 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,364, depending on the program chosen.
2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Floor, Portland, Oregon 97232-1309Veterinary Assisting – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at Carrington College is taught at their Portland campus in the city of Portland, OR. This private, for-profit college has around 100 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Tuition fees for the Vet Tech program are around $14,265 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $580. The typical program completion time is 9 months.
12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219-7132Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Portland Community College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is based at their campus in the city of Portland, OR. The college has roughly 30,929 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are about $3,766 and for students from other states likely to be about $8,374 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,689, depending on the program chosen.
6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, Oregon 97321Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
Linn-Benton Community College’s Certificate-level Veterinary Assistant program is based at their campus in the city of Albany. The majority of of the school’s 5,314 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $4,265 and for students from other states in the order of $9,313 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,602, although this will vary with the program.
* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.