Veterinary Technology (Distance Education Program through Blue Ridge Community College)

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology

Possible occupations for graduates: technician in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, wildlife center, zoo, or with the military.  Other opportunities include diagnostic/research laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry, veterinary supply sales, livestock managers or veterinary education.

The Blue Ridge Community College Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program is available to Germanna Community College students through a three year, part-time, distance education program transmitted through compressed video to the Locust Grove Campus of Germanna Community College by Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC).

The BRCC Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and has competitive admissions.  Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and apply for a license to practice as a veterinary technician.

The program is selective and all application materials are due the final business day of January for summer enrollment of the same year.

Applicants are screened and awarded points in the following categories:

  • academic credentials,
  • veterinary/animal experience,
  • awareness of the profession,
  • quality of recommendation and
  • aptitude test scores.

Applicants to the distance education program should have completed the SDV, ENG 111, CHM 110 and 3 other credits of curriculum requirements at the time of application (10 of the 16 credits). Alternately, applicants may be currently enrolled in these courses at the time of application with admission being contingent upon successful completion. Preference will be given to those that have completed all 16 credits of these curriculum requirements.

Applicants to the distance education program must be employed at least 20 hours per week by a veterinarian who is willing to serve as their official mentor and allow them to perform tasks taught in courses. Employment must commence by the time program coursework begins and continue for the duration of the program.

Classes meet twice weekly at the distance education site and students must come to the BRCC campus three times per semester for laboratories. Also required is a coordinated externship, required during the summer between the second and third year, includes 350 hours of work in a veterinary hospital.

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