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Mission Statement

Motivated students will become knowledgeable and compassionate animal caregivers through active participation in CT State Norwalk’s Veterinary Technology Program. They will develop a skill set leading to diverse opportunities and demand for their services as valued members of the veterinary profession. Our program aims to integrate the needs of the student, veterinary, public and global communities.

Interested in learning more about or applying to the Veterinary Technology Program?

Application and admissions information is subject to change at any time as the program develops.

Admission and Registration FAQ

I want to change my major to Vet Tech. How do I do that?

Veterinary Technology is a selective admissions program with prerequisites, like Nursing. Please review the admissions packet for specifics about applying to the program. Entry is in the fall only. You should declare a preVET concentration while you are taking prerequisites to get into the program.

Can I take any Vet Tech courses without being in the program?

Yes! VET 101 (Introduction to Veterinary Technology) and VET 125 (Veterinary Medical Terminology) are open to any CT State Norwalk student eligible for ENG 101. All other VET prefix courses (including VET 100, Introduction to Animal Care) require program admission. If you inadvertently register for any VET course other than VET 101 and VET 125 without being in the program, you will be removed by the Records office. If you are looking for courses to take in the spring, you may take GenEd and Core requirements, or Microbiology, at any time in the curriculum.

I was admitted to the program but can’t register for any VET courses online.

  • If you are new to CT State Norwalk, you need to register in person for your first semester. This is CT State Norwalk policy.
  • If you are already an CT State Norwalk student, you might be blocked for several reasons including Financial and/or missing immunization documentation. There are some requirements as a declared major that do not apply to undeclared or part-time students. Please investigate the error message accordingly.

Is the program accredited?

Yes! We have received AVMA-CVTEA accreditation effective September 16, 2016.

When do I take the "boards?"

The Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) may only be taken by Vet Tech students after they graduate from an AVMA-CVTEA accredited Vet Tech program. This is a VTNE policy.

What if I want to go to veterinary school?

The most time-efficient path to veterinary school is through a liberal arts and sciences degree, because the Vet Tech curriculum includes courses not needed for pre-vet, and lacks courses that are typically required for pre-vet. However, an A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology can be a valuable part of the journey. Some VET and GenEd courses are eligible for transfer to 4-year institutions, including UConn, for pre-vet and other study.

Where can I find out more about the difference between a Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Assistant?

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America has a great web site and many resources.

The Veterinary Technology programs have enrollment caps and selective admission. The Veterinary Technology programs have the following application requirements:

  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses (all with a grade of C or better): ENG 1010MATH 1010 or higher, BIO 1210CHEM 1110. The biology and chemistry must have been completed within five years prior to the application deadline.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One each from a teacher (academic) and supervisor (professional).
  • Personal statement/essay stating the applicant’s goals & reasons for program entry.
  • Preference is given to students with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  • Interview with Veterinary Technology admissions committee. Not all eligible students will be selected for an interview.

Given the selective nature of the admissions process, admission cannot be guaranteed.


CT State Norwalk’s 2-year full-time A.S. degree Veterinary Technology program received initial accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities September 16, 2016. Graduates of CT State Norwalk’s Veterinary Technology program will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination. The A.S. degree program is 70 credits total, including prerequisites and college core requirements.

The curriculum is a scientifically based, academically rigorous, practically oriented course of study. Students will have the opportunity to study animal handling, nursing and externships at diverse locations within Fairfield County, including: small and large animal hospitals, farms, animal shelters, and zoos.

For further information, please consult the current college catalog and course registrations. There may be prerequisites that must be completed prior to taking these courses.

Veterinary Technician National Examination

After successfully completing the Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology at Norwalk Community College, graduates can sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Although taking the exam and earning a passing score is not currently required in Connecticut, it is strongly encouraged because voluntary certification through the Connecticut Veterinary Technician Association requires a passing score on the VTNE.

The AVMA-CVTEA requires that we share the following data about the VTNE:

Total July 1, 2020 – June 3, 2023
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 32
Three-Year Pass Percentage on VTNE 68.75%

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Contact Us

For more information about CT State Norwalk’s Veterinary Technology program and how to get started, please speak with your advisor or the Admissions Office after reviewing the information on our website. Questions? Please contact:

Catherine Liegey, DVM
Program Coordinator & Asst. Professor

Valerie Ramos, CVT MBA
Clinical Coordinator & Assistant Professor

Michele Barber, PhD
Chair, Science Department

Robin Morris
Assistant Director of Admissions

Franceska Nieves
Guided Pathways Advisor

Lois Aime
Director, Educational Technology