EFSC Veterinary Nursing Program FAQ
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Question 1: What are the duties of a certified Veterinary Technician / Nurse?
Veterinary Technicians/Nurses assist veterinarians. On completion of your training, you will have skills in handling and restraining animal patients, nursing care, office procedures, anesthesia, sterilization, radiography, pharmacology, parasitology, hematology, blood chemistry and other procedures. You will also understand basic principles of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, veterinary laboratory procedures and surgical techniques.
If you are considering entering the veterinary field, you should enjoy working with animals and helping to care for them, even if they are injured or ill. A willingness to study medical and science-oriented courses is necessary. Characteristics of an individual considering this career include sound judgment, manual dexterity, accuracy, scientific curiosity and attention to detail.
Question 2: Is there selective admission to the program?
Yes. Due to the number of applicants and clinical space limitations, admission to the Veterinary Nursing program is selective.
Question 3: How many students are accepted?
A maximum of 25 students are accepted into the program, which is run on a two-year cycle. A limited number of alternates are also selected to serve as standbys in case an accepted student declines admission.
Question 4: What are the criteria for admission to the program?
Selection to the Veterinary Nursing program is based on an objective point system. Points are given on a sliding scale for a student's cumulative GPA, test scores and work experience. Bonus points are given for completion of specific support courses. View the selection criteria page for additional details.
Question 5: Is an interview required?
No. However, it is recommended that you contact the Health Sciences Advisor at 321-433-7575 to ensure you have met all of the other application requirements.
Question 6: When will I know if I have been selected/accepted into the program?
Applicants are notified of their status approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline. Accepted students are then required to attend an orientation session.
Question 7: What is the length of the program?
Veterinary Nursing is a full-time, two-year program. View the course sequencing. Please note that course sequences are subject to change.
Question 8: What courses do you recommend I take before applying?
Students are encouraged to complete as many of their general education requirements as possible:
- Written Communications Course
- Oral Communications Course
- Computation Course
- Social/Behavioral Science Course
- Humanities Course
If these courses are not successfully completed prior to program acceptance, then they must be completed in a prescribed sequence, concurrent with the Veterinary Nursing program. This significantly adds to the student's course load.
Question 9: Will any of my previous college courses transfer to this program?
Forward an official copy of your previous college transcript(s) to the EFSC Registrar's Office who will evaluate them and accept as many of your previous courses as possible. Remember, only courses completed with a grade of "C" or better are transferable. The date of course completion is also important, as support courses must have been taken within the past 10 years.
Question 10: Can this curriculum advance my education towards a baccalaureate degree?
Yes. Institutions independently decide whether to grant credit for course work completed prior to admission. Learn more about the Veterinary Nursing BAS track at EFSC, or contact the institution to which you wish to transfer for more information.
Question 11: What time of the day are classes offered?
Veterinary classes are generally held during the morning and/or afternoon. Science support courses and general education requirements may be taken in the evening, on weekends and online (when available). Use the EFSC class schedule search to see which courses are available during each term.
Question 12: Must I take the courses in a certain sequence?
Yes. Each Veterinary Nursing course is offered once a year on the Cocoa Campus. Courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Course registration each term takes place through the Program Director and Health Sciences Campus Advisor.
Question 13: What is the cost of the program?
Tuition is charged per credit hour, with 73 credit hours of required course work in the program. Refer to the tuition page for current cost information.
Additional costs include lab fees, books, uniforms and equipment such as a stethoscope and penlights. All accepted students in the program are required to purchase the Allied Health Liability Insurance and also the Education/Training Student Accident Insurance through EFSC. This will be automatically added to the lab fees of one of your courses and this insurance is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
View the Veterinary Nursing estimated expenses page for more information.
The College does not provide housing, and the student is responsible for transportation to and from assigned veterinary clinics for clinical course work.
Question 14: Do I wear a uniform all the time?
Yes. A uniform consisting of Caribbean blue-colored scrubs is required. Upon acceptance to the program, specific instructions concerning this uniform will be provided at orientation.
Question 15: Is the program accredited?
Yes. This program has accreditation through the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This means that you will be eligible to sit for the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination) upon graduation. A state practical exam may also be required in Florida. Different states have different criteria.
Question 16: When can I expect to be employed?
Upon graduation, you will have multiple career opportunities. Some examples of where you can work with a Veterinary Nursing degree include:
- Veterinary hospitals and clinics
- Medical research centers
- Breeding facilities
- Wild animal rescue organizations
- Feedlots and production farms
- Retail pet facilities
- Animal shelters
Question 17: Where can I find more information on Veterinary Nursing?
You can learn more about Veterinary Nursing through the following resources:
- The American Veterinary Medical Association
- The Florida Veterinary Medical Association
- The Florida Veterinary Technician Association
- American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
- National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
- The Veterinary Technician Community at the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Teaching Hospital
- NetVet Web Searching Web Picks
- The Veterinary Support Personnel Network