Veterinary Technology


A Career in Veterinary Technology

Are you interested in career working with animals? Do you enjoy working with animals as well as people? Do you see yourself working in a fast-paced career as a member of the veterinary health care team?  Do you enjoy science and health care related classes?  If so, a career as a veterinary technician may be right for you. Colby Community College offers two ways to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology – on-campus and online.

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Which program is best for you? 

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A.) The On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program 

The On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program is one of the oldest in the nation. It was established in 1969, and became fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 1974. It has maintained full accreditation since that time. It is also the only program in Kansas fully accredited by the AVMA.

Students learn about many advanced technologies in veterinary medicine. Did you know that that the CCC On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program was the first in the nation to train students on in-house adipose stem cell therapy? Students also receive training on digital radiology and class IV laser therapy.  Our program has a full line of veterinary laboratory equipment that students use as part of their education.

Students in the On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program receive hands-on training throughout the two year program with a variety of college-owned animals including dogs, cats, cattle, horses, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, and birds. In addition to the main 80-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.

On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program students attend classes full-time at Colby Community College and have met the selective admissions criteria.  

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B.) The Distance Learning Veterinary Technology 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. Students are not required to visit the campus for any reason. However, on-campus weekend mentorships are offered once during the fall semester for the large animal mentorship, laboratory animal/ exotic pet mentorship, and microbiology mentorship courses as a convenience for students who do not have those species in their area.

Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program students must be computer literate, well-organized, highly motivated, have excellent time management skills, be able to meet deadlines, be capable of reading and comprehending written materials, and take responsibility for their actions.

Starting with the third term courses, distance learning students are required to work with veterinary hospitals to complete the hands-on skills required by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Distance learning students are required to have a computer with a web cam, a headset with a microphone, and have reliable, high speed Internet access. Starting with the third term of the program, students must also have a veterinary hospital in which the mentorships and veterinary clinical experiences courses can be completed. Mentorship courses will require access to a video camcorder and tripod for use when recording hands-on AVMA essential skills.

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Hamster CheckupColby Community College is coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The On-Campus Veterinary Technology Program has been fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 1974.

The Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program received initial accreditation from the AVMA on September 12, 2014.

Being a graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program is required by most state regulatory boards and state credentialing agencies in order to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and other applicable state examinations. Interested individuals should check with their state’s licensing agency for information on specific credentialing requirements. Some states do not offer credentialing for veterinary technicians.



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