Distance Learning Vet Tech Program
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The Colby Community College Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program began offering classes in March 2012.  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, we offer on-campus weekend mentorships once during the fall and spring semesters for our large animal mentorship and laboratory animal/exotic pet mentorship courses as a convenience for our 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 own 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.  Colby Community College is actively seeking AVMA accreditation for this new online program.

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.

If you need additional information, feel free to contact Dr. Jennifer Martin, Program Director, by phone at 785-460-5466 or by email at

DLVTP Curriculum

The DLVTP curriculum consists of 22-26 credit hours of prerequisite coursework and 60 credit hours of core program coursework.  A total of 82 credit hours are required to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

The online DLVTP core program coursework consists of 42.5 credit hours of didactic courses, 13.5 credit hours of mentorship courses, and 4 credit hours of veterinary clinical experiences.  During the mentorships, students practice and then demonstrate the successful completion of AVMA Essential Skills under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician by making video recordings of themselves successfully completing the tasks.  These videos are reviewed by program faculty members to ensure successful completion of each skill.  During the veterinary clinical experience courses, students gain additional hands-on experiences in a veterinary hospital setting.


Contact Information

Dr. Jennifer Martin
Program Director
Dr. Shad Clymer
Program Coordinator
Dr. Beth Fenton
Melissa Vogt, RVT



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