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Application Packet

A completed application packet may be mailed to or submitted in person to the Admission Department at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

An application is required for admission to this competitive program. Only 32 students are admitted each year.

Because courses are offered in sequence, students may enter the program fall quarter only.

Application materials are due by Monday, April 15, 2024 at 3 p.m.. Students not completing all prerequisite courses by the deadline may still be eligible for admission if they are able to complete all prerequisite coursework by Friday, August 30, 2024 at 11 a.m.. (See Veterinary Technology Program Application Information link above for full details.)

Program Admission Requirements

All applicants must have:

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 098) or Math in Society (MATH& 107)
  • Survey of Biology (BIOL& 100)
  • Preparatory Chemistry (CHEM& 100)
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101)
  • Medical Terminology I (BTECM 150)

Above courses may require prerequisites based upon placement test scores
Minimum of 2.0/"C" grade is required for each course


$30 non-refundable Veterinary Technology application fee, see application packet for details.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) evaluates an applicant’s knowledge in the subject areas of reading, comprehension, mathematics, science, and English language usage. Visit Veterinary Technology Program Application Information for more information about TEAS and a schedule of group testing sessions offered by Pierce College.

Veterinary Observation Requirement

Applicants are required to accumulate a minimum of 20 hours of observation experience at a veterinary hospital or clinic of their choice. It may be a large animal or small animal medical facility, but it should employ veterinary technicians. If you are planning to apply and do not already have a hospital/clinic in mind, you may want to start by talking to your own pet’s veterinarian.

Applicants are required to observe specific tasks in nursing, surgery, laboratory and office work.