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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. The program is affordable, flexible, and convenient. Our students are not required to meet at scheduled times for class and may complete the coursework at times convenient for them throughout each week. 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 semester for our large animal mentorship, laboratory animal/ exotic pet mentorship, and microbiology 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.

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

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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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 didactic courses, mentorship courses, and 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

PositionNamePhoneEmail
Program DirectorDr. Jennifer Martin785.460.5466jennifer.martin@colbycc.edu 
Program CoordinatorDr. Shad Clymer785.460.4708shad.clymer@colbycc.edu 
InstructorDr. Beth Fenton785.460.4712beth.fenton@colbycc.edu 
InstructorMelissa Stomberg, RVT, BS785.460.5468
melissa.stomberg@colbycc.edu