The veterinary nursing program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Both the AVMA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend veterinary professionals protect themselves by receiving pre-exposure rabies vaccination. As such, AVMA regulations now require all veterinary nursing students provide proof of rabies vaccination by February 1st of the calendar year they plan to enroll in VMT221: Clinical Practices II. This course is typically taken in the fall semester during the junior year of enrollment at Wilson College. If courses are taken out of normal sequence, students must be fully vaccinated for rabies before also enrolling in their internship (VMT 355) and surgical nursing (VMT 415). Failure to obtain the full rabies vaccination series will disqualify students from completing the required AVMA essential skills through the Wilson College Veterinary Nursing program for graduation.