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Veterinary Health Center

Veterinary Health Center
1800 Denison Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66506

For appointments or emergencies call:

Small Animal Desk
785-532-4309 fax

Large Animal Desk
785-532-4989 fax


VHC Veterinary Nurses

The Veterinary Health Center is a state-of-the-art specialty hospital and the only facility in the state offering routine care, emergency care and 14 different specialties. 

Title Change - Veterinary Technician Becomes Veterinary Nurse

In response to a request made in June 2018, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Human Capital Services at Kansas State University have approved a formal job title change from veterinary technician to veterinary nurse effective throughout the college as of Oct. 21.

In 2016, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, or NAVTA, focused their efforts on researching and pursuing legislation in all 50 states to seek unification under the title of registered veterinary nurse. Veterinary nurses aim to have greater public awareness and increased job mobility by ultimately creating national credentialing standards and to increase the intrinsic value of veterinary medicine. Read more about the change.

Learn about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative.

Job Openings

For position information, follow the links below. 

Vet Techs help at Everybody Counts event
Several VHC Vet Nurses help out at the Everybody Counts community event on Aug. 4.

Meet our Nurse of the Month 

Karen Watson

Small Animal Dentistry

What are your hobbies?
Sketching, painting, photography, pottery, & mixed media art

Do you have any pets?
One dog named Wilson

Why did you want to become a Veterinary Technician?
I actually fell into the career with my job as a kennel technician at an animal shelter & in retail selling pet products. After my time at the shelter & selling pet products, I found I wanted to do more & serve in other ways that was meaningful to me & in line with my values. So I enrolled at Bel-Rea & the rest is history.

Why did you choose this specific specialty?
When I was in general practice I thought I wouldn’t like doing dentals because we never really had formal training in school. But when I started doing them, under some guidance, I found that I really enjoyed doing dentals.

What is your favorite part about your job?
I really enjoy doing dentals (the cleaning & radiographs), guiding students, & client education on home care (what to do after the dental).

What advice do you have for others who are wanting to become a Vet Tech?
Do it. You will never know until you try. And always stay open to learning & growing. This profession will challenge even the best of us, but the outcome will all be worth it.