Pre-Veterinary Technology/Nursing

Ann Best, MHS, Assistant Dean
Phone: (419) 995-8080
Office: CK 224D

Rhodes State College has partnered with Colby Community College to offer the prerequisite courses required for admission into their Veterinary Nursing Program. Students are required to take general education courses at Rhodes State College, work with a community veterinary hospital for observation and internship, and take online veterinary nursing courses through Colby Community College.  After graduation, students are required to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination and register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board to practice as a veterinary technician/nurse.

A veterinary technician/nurse is involved in many different aspects of veterinary medicine and performs many of the duties vital to animal care.  Employment opportunities are growing faster than average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor,  and include work in veterinary hospitals, humane societies, zoos, colleges and universities, pharmaceutical companies, pet food companies, research laboratories, feed yards, and dairies. 


Students can start any semester and work with Rhodes State College for the first year to complete all pre-requisites and application to the Colby Distance Learning Veterinary Nursing Program.

  • 20 hours of general education prerequisite courses taken through Rhodes State College*
  • 4 hours of veterinary nursing courses taken online through Colby Community College*
  • Minimum of 30 hours of observation/work experience at a community veterinary hospital verified with appropriate documentation using DLVNP Veterinary Observation Work Experience Form

*Prerequisite courses must be completed with a "C" or better to be eligible to apply to the program.  Admission to the program is a selective process.

Technical Standards
See here for details.