Northwest Community College

Veterinary Technology

Mission and Information | Faculty | Outcomes 
Coursework | Application Information | Careers 

Mission and Information
The Associate Degree in this AVMA fully-accredited program will prepare students for immediate employment in veterinary offices, biological research facilities, drug and feed manufacturing companies, and in the animal production industry. The objective of this program is to provide the classroom, laboratory, and field experience that will prepare students to be job entry-level competent. After completing the Associate Degree program, eligible students may transfer seamlessly to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut to major in either Animal Science or Pathobiology. The NCCC Veterinary Technology Program promotes graduate success through a combination of challenging studies, extensive on-site hands-on learning opportunities, affiliations with off-site veterinary clinics, and continued emphasis on the need for lifelong learning.

Certification of Veterinary Technicians in the State of Connecticut is voluntary. Individuals wishing to become certified must be graduates of an accredited Veterinary Technology Program and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination.

The NCCC Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National  Exam (VTNE). Below is a report of the last three year’s candidates and average pass rate for the VTNE.

 

Total July 1, 2013
– June 30, 2016

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE

49

Number of eligible first-time candidates

56

Three-Year Pass Percentage on VTNE

77.6%


Program Admission Prerequisites:
BIO* 121 – General Biology (or BIO* 115 if taken prior to Fall 2012) with a grade of “C” or higher
CHE* 111 – Concepts of Chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher (Above courses must be college level courses and taken within 5 years prior to entering the program)
CSA* 105 – Introduction to Software Applications with a grade of “C” or higher
MAT* 137 – Intermediate Algebra or equivalent with a grade of “C“ or higher

Other Requirements:
♦ Interview with full-time veterinary technology program faculty member
♦ For any VET* course numbered 150 or higher (excluding VET* 201 and VET* 202), a health physical and rabies vaccination certificate are required.
♦ Students must be capable of lifting a minimum of 50 lbs. and must be in overall good health.
♦ It is strongly recommended that applicants experience 20 hours or more at a veterinary practice.

Note: A minimum grade of “C” (2.00) is required in all VET* designated courses. Additionally, all VET* and BIO* designated courses must be completed within 5 years of graduation.

Faculty

Adriane Cavanna, VMD, acavanna@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6485

Kat Smith, MS, CVT, ksmith1@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6490

Sheryl Keeley, CVT, skeeley@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6483

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to: 
1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the wide variety of knowledge needed within the career, including anatomy and physiology, laboratory procedures, medical and surgical nursing skills, and clinical pathology.
2. Demonstrate the entry-level skills and the knowledge applicable for a wide variety of careers, including employment at veterinary clinics, zoos, wildlife rehabilitation centers, research facilities, pharmaceutical sales, as well as drug and feed manufacturing companies.
3. Sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination.
4. Demonstrate analytical problem-solving and decision-making skills applicable to the role of the veterinary technician in the field of animal healthcare.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits
MED* 125 Medical Terminology - 3 credits
VET* 100 Introduction to Animal Care - 2 credits
VET* 101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology - 3 credits
VET* 201 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credits
SEMESTER 2
VET* 102 Vet Office Management & Communication - 3 credits
VET* 151 Small Animal Veterinary Technology - 4 credits
VET* 152 Large Animal Veterinary Technology - 4 credits
VET* 202 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credits
VET* 250 Principles of Pharmacology – Vet Tech - 3 credits
SUMMER/INTERSESSION
PSY* 111 General Psychology I - 3 credits
VET* 280 Veterinary Technology Externship I - 1 credit
SEMESTER 3
VET* 205 Veterinary Lab Procedures - 3 credits
VET* 212 Principles of Imaging - 1 credit
VET* 230 Veterinary Anesthesia & Surgical Nursing (Lab and Lecture) - 4 credits
VET* 240 Periodontology & Oral Radiology - 2 credits
MAT* Mathematics Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 4
BIO* 235 Microbiology - 4 credits
VET* 220 Animal Pathology - 3 credits
VET* 238 Parasitology - 3 credits
VET* 281 Veterinary Technology Externship II - 2 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits
Humanities or Arts Elective - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 68

Application Information

Application for Fall 2017 enrollment in the Veterinary Technology program will be accepted beginning February 13th, 2017. The deadline for submission is May 31st. After the application deadline, eligible students will be contacted to arrange an interview the week of June 12th-16th.

There are a limited number of seats availablle in the program, and eligible applicants will be awarded seats in the order that the application packet was received. Eligible students who do not receive a seat for Fall 2017 will be placed on a waitlist (again, in the order in which the application packet was received). If any seats open for Fall 2017, they will be awarded to students on the waitlist. The waitlist will be dissolved after the first day of class of the Fall 2017 semester.

In preparation for application, prospective students should review the 2016 Information Packet, Application and Application Checklist below, as few substantive changes will be made for the 2017 admission process. Any student who, after reviewing the material below still has questions regarding admission to the program, is encouraged to email the Program Coordinator, Adriane Cavanna, VMD, at acavanna@nwcc.edu.

Vet Tech Information Packet 2017-18

Vet Tech Application Fall 2017

Vet Tech Application Checklist Fall 2017

Please note, all prospective students must have completed the following before their application will be considered:

  • Application and acceptance to NCCC as a Pre-Vet Tech student
  • Submission of official transcripts for all previous course work at institutions other than NCCC
  • Request that NCCC’s Admissions office evaluate and enter your transfer credits after official transcripts are received by NCCC (860-738-6330).