WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) -- Students at Wytheville Community College will have access to a unique opportunity this fall.
"We are the only community college in the state of Virginia that is offering this sort of program," said science program head Cindy Kincer.
It's called the veterinary science prep program and it will provide WCC students a fast track to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
Wytheville students can start applying to Tech's program in their second year and, if they get in, can attend the vet school up to two years early without a bachelor's degree.
"This program that we offer does not guarantee admission into the veterinary program, but it gives them a great opportunity to get their foot in the door," Kincer said. "If they get through the very stringent application process, they can go straight into the veterinary program."
Virginia Tech's veterinary medicine program had the second largest applicant pool among North American veterinary schools last year, with the incoming class boasting an average GPA of 3.5.
It's a selective program and one that Kincer said is highly sought after.
"All of the students that I see as an adviser want to go to Virginia Tech," she said.
But there's no doubt those who do get in will save.
Instead of paying four years of in-state tuition at Virginia Tech, taking the required 62 credits at WCC would save students nearly $45,000.
"We want to see these students come and succeed and transfer to Virginia Tech or wherever they wish to go," Kincer said.