Veterinary Technician Information
Continuing Education Program
The On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program at Colby Community College is based on American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and is approved by the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. It was examined by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities in September, 1974, and was accredited in December of that year making it one of the first programs established in the United States. Full accreditation has been maintained since that time.
Graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). After passing the VTNE and a state qualifying examination, graduates attain the title of Kansas Registered Veterinary Technician.
At Colby Community College, veterinary technology students are trained to function effectively as x-ray, anesthetic, laboratory, medical, and surgical technicians. Our students receive hands-on experience throughout the entire program with college-owned animals, large and small, including laboratory and exotic animals, and birds, which are housed on campus. The knowledge students gain in the classroom is applied in hands-on laboratory sessions designed to develop clinical skills.
The program is directed by a Kansas licensed veterinarian. All clinical instruction is taught by Kansas licensed veterinarians and a Kansas registered veterinary technician in a contemporary veterinary teaching hospital and clinical pathology laboratory utilizing modern veterinary equipment. In addition to the main 105-acre campus in Colby, the college operates a 60-acre agricultural center east of the city. Students in the On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program utilize the college farm as a hands-on laboratory for their large animal coursework.
The Colby Community College Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program was developed to meet the needs of students who prefer online education or who would prefer to earn their degree part-time. The Colby Community College Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program, which began offering classes in March 2012, is based on American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines. The college is actively seeking AVMA accreditation for this new program.
Students in the Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program gain hands-on experience by working with animals such as dogs, cats, horses, cattle, rabbits, rodents, and birds in veterinary hospitals. Traditional classroom coursework for the program is completed online. In addition to the main 105-acre campus in Colby, the college operates a 60-acre agricultural center east of the city. Students in the Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program may choose to complete their hands-on large animal mentorship course at the college farm during select times of the year. Students may also choose to complete their hands-on laboratory animal and exotic pet mentorship at the Colby Community College On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program facility during select times of the year. Graduates of the program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.
The Colby Community College Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program students are trained to function effectively as x-ray, anesthetic, laboratory, medical, and surgical technicians. The program is directed and coordinated by Kansas licensed veterinarians and is taught by Kansas licensed veterinarians and a Kansas registered veterinary technician.
If you would like additional information about the On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program or Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program at Colby Community College, or would like to schedule a campus tour, please contact:
Jennifer L. Martin, DVM - Program Director
Colby Community College
Veterinary Technology Program and Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program
1255 S. Range Ave.
Colby, KS 67701
Visit Colby Community College on-line at www.colbycc.edu.
The Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology at Brown Mackie College – Salina has provisional programmatic accreditation granted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), as of March 2011. The veterinary technology program is taught by registered veterinary technicians, veterinarians, as well as Veterinary Science faculty from Kansas State University. The curriculum is based on the AVMA Committee of Veterinary Technician Education and Activities' standards.
Graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science and are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) upon graduation. Successful completion of the VTNE qualifies graduates to become Registered Veterinary Technicians in Kansas.
The College features a veterinary technology suite giving students hands-on learning in a supervised laboratory setting to help students develop veterinary technology skills necessary for entry into practice. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to put their skills to use while fulfilling the veterinary technology externship courses conducted off-site in various animal care locations. Tours of the college's facility are available.
For further information contact the Admissions Office at 800-365-0433.
Jan Grace, RVT, BBA, MSM – Program Chair
Veterinary Technology Program
Brown Mackie College – Salina
2106 South 9th Street
Salina, Kansas 67401
The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program at Brown Mackie College — Kansas City is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Using the CVTEA's guidelines for clinical and classroom instruction, our clinical facilities are located at 450 Rogers Road, Suite 450 in Olathe, Kansas.
Graduates earning an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology are eligible to take the national and state board exams, to qualify for becoming Registered Veterinary Technician.
For additional information about the Veterinary Technology program, call 913-768-1900.
Kerry L. Coombs, D.V.M. – Program Chair
Brown Mackie College — Kansas City
9705 Lenexa Drive
Lenexa, Kansas 66215
Independence Community College Veterinary Technology program creates an environment for learning, with an emphasis on the application, expression and expansion of the human-animal bond; applying the principles of veterinary medical education to improve the quality of our lives and the lives of animals.
Independence Community College, responding to a growing need for Veterinary Technologist in the state of Kansas, embarked on a Veterinary Technology Program in 2010. The program facilities have been modeled after private veterinary practices to give students real world learning experiences. Equipment and facilities are state of the art for this growing program. The program received AVMA accreditation in 2012.
While curriculum within the Veterinary Technology program provides general coverage of several species including exotic, wildlife, and laboratory animals, a strong emphasis is placed on those animals typically seen in mixed animal private practice. Students can expect to study biology, animal physiology, anatomy, common procedures and medications, health and hygiene, animal handling and other related topics. During the last quarter of the program, students work with real patients in real-life situations which provide them with essential preparation for working with animals and their owners as a Vet Tech. The primary program focus is a generalized education in companion and food animal medicine. ICC’s course curriculum is unique; course offerings include a semester-long class focusing on zoo animal medicine and husbandry made possible through a partnership with the Ralph Mitchell Zoo.
The program is directed by a Kansas licensed veterinarian and a certified veterinary technician. Students of this program can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology.
If you would like more information about the Veterinary Technology Program at Independence Community College, contact:
Ann Dutton, DVM, Program Director
Other Links of Interest
KVTA - Kansas Veterinary Technicians Association website
NAVTA - National Association of Veterinary Techncians in America
Becoming a Veterinary Technician
All AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs