Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Nursing

In our unique program, you will learn:

  • Anesthesia
  • Animal husbandry
  • Dental hygiene
  • Handling and nursing skills
  • Laboratory skills
  • Pharmacology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiology
  • Small, large, exotic, and laboratory animal restraint
  • Surgical assisting
  • And so much more!

What are your career paths?

  • Boarding Facilities
  • Education
  • Government Agencies
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Military
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Private Veterinary Clinics/Hospitals
  • Research

Vet Accredit

Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association since 2021

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Veterinary Nursing Curriculum

Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Nursing Degree

68 Credit Hours Required

General Education Course Requirements (22-23 Credit Hours)

  • FYS110- First Year Seminar
  • THL105- Introduction to Theology
  • Liberal Arts Perspective (Choose One):
    • PSY200- Human Growth and Development
    • SOC101- Introduction to Sociology
    • HIS102- History of the Modern World
    • Foreign Language
    • POL102- Introduction to American Politics
  • MAT130 or Above
  • BIO214- Microbiology
  • ENG112- Writing and Community
  • COM101- Public Speaking

Major Requirements (46 Credit Hours)

  • VNP100- Public Health and Safety
  • VNP101- Introduction to Vet Nursing
  • VNP110- Anatomy for Vet Nursing
  • VNP111- Physiology for Vet Nursing
  • VNP120- Small Animal Nursing I
  • VNP130- Clinical Lab I
  • VNP200- Pharmacology for Vet Nursing
  • VNP210- Clinical Laboratory Procedures
  • VNP220- Small Animal Nursing II
  • VNP225- Large Animal Nursing
  • VNP230- Clinical Lab II
  • VNP240- Integrations I
  • VNP250- Surgery and Anesthesia
  • VNP255- Lab & Exotics
  • VNP265- Diagnostic Imaging
  • VNP270- Clinical Lab III
  • VNP285- Integrations II
  • VNP298- Veterinary Nursing Externship I
  • VPN299- Veterinary Nursing Externship II

Criteria for Program

  • Strong communication skills, compassion, detail orientation, manual dexterity, and problem-solving skills
  • General high school diploma or equivalent and be at least 18 years of age
  • A competitive admission process will be based on the following criteria:
  • Academic ability with a 3.0 high school GPA; 3.0 college GPA to be maintained throughout the AVN program
  • Experience (animal care, veterinary healthcare exposure, general work experiences)
  • Evidence of self-motivation, self-determination, veterinary nursing career awareness, leadership, and awareness of the AVN Program
  • Interview process with Program faculty prior to acceptance
  • Invitations for interviews will be extended in late spring

Program Results for July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE: Results Pending

Three-year VTNE passage rate: Results Pending

For more details, review our Undergraduate Course Catalog or download a sample two-year plan of study and course checklist.

Sample two-year plan and checklist

The start of a new career is just a step away!

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Getting started is easy. Request more information, call (574) 936-8898 ext. 330 or email us at

Reporting Animal Concerns

The humane care and use of animals are of paramount importance to Ancilla College of Marian University. Specific concerns about the treatment of animals should be reported to the Chair of the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee).  Specific concerns about the treatment of animals maybe reported in person, by email, or by letter.  Those registering concerns may include his/her name or the concern may be anonymous.

Concerns should be reported to:

Letter sent to Ancilla College of Marian University addressed to:

  • “IACUC Chair, Confidential”
  • 20097 9B Road
  • Plymouth, IN 46563

Or contact Marianne Dosmann, RVT MS, Director of Veterinary Nursing Program at 574-936-8898 x 379 and

All claims will be investigated. To facilitate in a thorough investigation, claims should include the date, time, species involved, specific animal identification number and names of college student, staff, or personnel if possible. Any individual reporting a concern about animal care and use has freedom from reprisal for his/her action.
Animal husbandry concerns should be discussed with the facility supervisor. If the problem remains unresolved, please contact the Director of Veterinary Nursing Program and any of the above contact options.

Program at a Glance

Program Credit Hours

68 credit hours

  • General Education: 22-23
  • Major/Concentration: 40
  • Externship: 6

  • Standard Completion Time
    2 years
  • Accreditation
    HLC and AVMA

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