TNCC and Blue Ridge Community College Team up for Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program

Published: March 27, 2006

Information Session to be Held April 6 on the TNCC Hampton Campus

The Virginia Peninsula – Thomas Nelson Community College will be the new site for a Veterinary Technology distance learning program offered by Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) beginning in August 2007.

Students interested in becoming a veterinary technician may take advantage of the Veterinary Technology program at TNCC via a live, two-way television connection. Classes for the eight-semester program will be offered on the TNCC Hampton campus.

The College invites interested students to an information session Thursday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. at TNCC’s Espada Conference Room in Moore Hall on the Hampton campus. Dr. Stuart Porter, director of the Veterinary Technology Program for BRCC, will describe the program and admission process.

Currently, Blue Ridge’s Veterinary Technology distance learning program is transmitted to three sites including Tidewater Community, Virginia Western Community College and John Tyler Community College.

To qualify for the program, applicants must have completed or are working to complete general education courses required by the Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology. Additionally, applicants must be employed by a veterinarian at least 20 hours per week whereby supervision and practical experience is afforded.

According to Dr. Porter, applicants must be committed to enrolling in all of the program’s courses as offered by BRCC. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be required to travel to BRCC three times during each semester for laboratory training and testing.

College officials note that enrollment for the distance learning program is limited. Therefore, admission is competitive and interviews will be required for acceptance. Financial aid will be available to eligible students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

Blue Ridge Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. The associate degree curricula have been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Medical Association.

For more details, call 540-453-2279.


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