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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Animal Science: Veterinary Technology Major

Possible occupations for graduates: : veterinary technician for veterinary hospital, diagnostic/research laboratory, the pharmaceutical industry, zoos/wildlife centers, sales and livestock managers, or veterinary educators.

The Blue Ridge Community College Veterinary Technology Program will be restarting its distance education program at the Locust Grove campus of Germanna Community College starting in June 2016. We have graduated many classes since we began offering distance education in 1997 and the graduates have a 100% passing rate on the Virginia licensing exam.

Our program requires that

  1. Students have completed the general education courses, i.e. English, Chemistry
  2. Students are working at least 20 hours per week in an approved veterinary hospital,
  3. That a licensed veterinarian agrees to serve as an unpaid adjunct faculty member to mentor the student. The success of the program depends on the willingness of the veterinarian mentor to work with the student to allow them to practice the tasks that they are taught and to sign off in their book when they have been successfully mastered.
  4. Students travel to the Weyers Cave campus at least three times a semester on Fridays for laboratory training and testing.
  5. Students attend class at GCC, Locust Grove Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-12 for lecture (an hour longer during the summer semesters).

Under the direct supervision of a LVT or licensed veterinarian these students may perform those tasks limited to LVTs once they have been covered in the curriculum.

Two courses are taught per semester and the program takes 9 semesters to complete. Students who start in June 2016 will graduate in May 2019.

Applications are due by January 31.

More information on the distance education program is available on our website at



Students are expected to progress sequentially through the PTA curriculum. Progression from one semester to the next is dependent on passing each PTH-prefix course with a “C” or better, and maintaining an overall 2.5 GPA. Students will be given opportunity for remediation if they are in danger of not passing a course. Clear guidelines for minimum requirements to pass each course are included in the course syllabi. Students are expected to avail themselves of open lab opportunities if they are experiencing trouble in any PTA program course.

Semester 1

Semester Credits 18
ENG 111College Composition 13
SDVStudent Development1
VET 100Introduction to Animal Science4
VET 105Introduction to Veterinary Technology3
VET 111Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals4
VET 120Veterinary Medical Terminology and Calculations3

Semester 2

Semester Credits 17
CHM 110Survey of Chemistry3
Literature/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
VET 115Laboratory Techniques I4
VET 121Clinical Practices I4
VET 216Animal Pharmacology3

Summer Session

Semester Credits 4
VET 290Coordinated Practice in Veterinary Technology4

Semester 3

Semester Credits 16
VET 236Companion Animal Behavior3
PSY 105Psychology of Personal Adjustment3
VET 215Laboratory Techniques II4
VET 221Advanced Clinical Practices II4
VET 205Applied Veterinary Surgical Nursing3

Semester 4

Total Credits Required 72
VET 210Animal Diseases and Microbiology4
Social and Behavioral Science Elective 3
VET 217Introduction to Laboratory, Zoo and Wildlife Medicine3
VET 222Advanced Clinical Practices IV4
VET 230 Veterinary Hospital Management3
Semester  Credits 17