Veterinary Technician Faculty

Dr. Dan Drahos Virginia Rud


Dan Drahos, DVM

Dr. Dan Drahos received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 from Iowa State University.  The first seven years after graduating, he worked in mixed animal practices in Tipton and Eldridge, Iowa.  In 1999, while still working in Eldridge, Dr. Drahos founded the Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities, located in Bettendorf, Iowa, where he continues to serve as Chief Executive Officer.

In 2000, he moved to Muscatine and purchased Riverside Animal Hospital which he still owns and where he still works part-time performing small animal surgeries.   In 2010, Dr. Drahos joined Muscatine Community College as the full-time Resident Veterinarian for the Veterinary Technology Program.

In his spare time, Dr. Drahos enjoys cooking, barbecuing, racquet sports, and playing various musical instruments.

Virginia Rud CVT

Virginia earned her Associate of Applied Science- Veterinary Technology degree in ’01 from National American University in Rapid City, South Dakota. After practicing in a small animal hospital in Rapid City for 3 years, Virginia headed to the Minneapolis/St Paul, MN area looking for greater opportunities and to be closer to family. Practicing in a metropolitan area provided the opportunity to work with specialists in the field and participate in state of the art animal medicine. While working in a small animal hospital in Minnetonka, MN, Virginia was elected to and served on the Executive Board of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) for 2 years.
As a member of the Executive Board, Virginia traveled extensively throughout the United States, speaking to state veterinary technician associations about promoting the profession and increasing public awareness of veterinary technology. Virginia also represented NAVTA at various national veterinary conventions. In 2007, Virginia was offered an opportunity to teach in a veterinary technology program in Rochester, MN. Reluctant at first, Virginia soon discovered that she really enjoyed teaching and loved passing her enthusiasm for the profession on to others. In September of 2012, Virginia accepted the position of veterinary technology program director here at MCC.

Virginia remains active in the national organization and continues to work towards a better public understanding of the role of the veterinary technician in the veterinary health care team. Virginia speaks nationally on the topic of the Human-Animal Bond and Client Bereavement, teaching veterinary team members the importance of providing excellent client care during end of life events.

Virginia is committed to continued improvement and growth in both the profession and in the MCC Veterinary Technology program. As the demand for highly skilled credentialed veterinary technicians continues to increase nationally, the program will strive to produce qualified candidates to meet those demands.