Pre-Veterinary Technology/Nursing (Partnership with Colby Community College)
Ann Best, MHS, Assistant Dean, Health Sciences and Public Service
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.
See here for details.
|First Year Experience
or ECN 1410
or ECN 1430
or Macro Economics
or Micro Economics
|Introductory General Chemistry
First Year First Semester
- VN 115 Introduction to Veterinary Nursing (Colby Distance Learning-1 credit hour)
- Veterinary Hospital Observation/Work Experience: 30 hours minimum - download, print, complete observation and form then fax to 785-460-4666
First Year Second Semester
- AG 149 Principles of Animal Science (Colby Distance Learning -3 credit hours)
***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.
Because students enrolled in the Pre-Veterinary Tech/Nursing Program will be pursuing their degree from Colby Community College there is a Consortium Agreement form that must be completed for Financial Aid purposes. Please contact the Program Chair to complete this form each semester enrolled at Rhodes.
Students complete prerequisite requirements through Rhodes State College, on-line veterinary nursing courses through Colby Community College, 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.
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 at Colby Community College is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360