Pre-Veterinary Technology/Nursing

Ann Best, MHS, Physical and Rehabilitative Services Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8080
Office: 102L Tech Edu Lab

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 on-line 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 Technology Program.

  • 20 hours of general education prerequisite courses taken through Rhodes State College*
  • 4 hours of veterinary technology courses taken on-line through Colby Community College*
  • minimum of 30 hours of observation/work experience at a community veterinary hospital verified with appropriate documentation using DLVTP 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.

First Year
First SemesterHours
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
BHS 1390Medical Terminology 2
BIO 1090Concepts in Biology 4
COM 1110 English Composition 3
PSY 1010 
   or ECN 1410
   or ECN 1430
General Psychology
   or Macro Economics
   or Micro Economics
 Term Hours13
Second Semester
CHM 1110Introductory General Chemistry 4
COM 2110Public Speaking 3
 Term Hours7
 Total Hours 20

Additional Requirements:

Complete steps 1-4 and 6 in the application procedures for the Colby Community College Distance Learning Veterinary Nursing program

First Year First Semester

First Year Second Semester

  • AG 149 Principles of Animal Science (Colby Distance Learning -3 credit hours)

Complete the remaining sections of the  application procedure

***all courses must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better for application to the Colby Community College Distance Learning Veterinary Nursing program.



Rhodes State College and Colby Community College are each accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604

The Veterinary Nursing Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360

Because students enrolled in the Pre-Veterinary Nursing Program will be pursuing a degree from Colby Community College there is a Consortium Agreement form that must be completed for Financial Aid purposes.  Please contact the program chair or a financial aid advisor to complete this form each semester enrolled at Rhodes.

Admission Requirements:

Students complete prerequisite requirements through Rhodes State College, on-line Colby Community College courses and live observation/work experience through a community veterinary hospital of their choosing.  Upon successful completion of prerequisite courses with a "C" or better and submission of the Veterinary Observation/Work Experience Form a student is eligible to apply to the Colby Community College Distance Learning Veterinary Nursing program.

The program requires selective admission. Once admitted the students complete traditional classroom course work online while obtaining hands-on experience in veterinary hospitals of their choosing.  Students are not required to meet at scheduled times each week for class nor attend campus visits.  However,  there is an on-campus weekend mentorship known as a "fly-in" once during the fall semester for the microbiology, large animal and laboratory animal/exotic pet courses if a student does not have access to these species in their community.

The program requires 60 credit hours of program specific coursework on a full-time or part-time basis.

Full-time program curriculum

Part-time program curriculum