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With the evolving situation of COVID-19, the Veterinary Technology Program has extended the application deadline to Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Please mail application packets to:

Pierce College
Attn: Vet Tech
9401 Farwest Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Postmarks of April 30 will be accepted for the 2020 application cycle.

Please email the program at if you are having difficulty completing all of the application requirements.

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 40 students are admitted each year.

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

Application materials are due by Thursday, April 30, 2020. 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 August 31, 2020. (See Veterinary Technology Program Application Information link above for full details.)

Program Admission Requirements

All applicants must have:

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 096 or 098)
  • Survey of Biology (BIOL& 100)
  • Preparatory Chemistry (CHEM& 100)
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101)
  • Medical Terminology I (BTECH 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.

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.