Veterinary Technology Degree Program A.S.

Mission Statement

Motivated students will become knowledgeable and compassionate animal caregivers through active participation in NCC’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?

If you are interested in Veterinary Technology at NCC, we would welcome hearing more about you. You are invited to complete a brief confidential survey

Please click here to view NCC’s Veterinary Technology program Application form, guidelines and other information. 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 apply before I have finished my prerequisites?

Absolutely! However, applicants who have completed prerequisites will rank more highly than those who have not. There is an interim grade report included in the Admissions packet. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before starting the program in the fall.

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 NCC student eligible for ENG 101. These are offered in the fall only. 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 NCC, you need to register in person for your first semester. This is NCC policy.
  • If you are already an NCC 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.

Curriculum

NCC’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 NCC’s Veterinary Technology program will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination. The A.S. degree program is 68-71 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 Core courses require a C or better to meet prerequisite and graduation requirements.

Program Description

The field of Veterinary Technology is a rapidly growing profession that offers qualified individuals many exciting and diverse opportunities. The AVMA-CVTEA accredited Veterinary Technology Program at NCC is a two-year, full-time Associate Degree program. Veterinary technology students who graduate successfully from a program that has received AVMA-CVTEA accreditation may take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). The objective of the program is to provide the classroom, laboratory, and field experience that will prepare students to be highly qualified for immediate employment in veterinary offices, specialty practices, shelters and animal rehabilitation clinics, biological research facilities, stables and dairies, drug and feed manufacturing companies, and in the animal production industry. Graduates will also be able to continue their studies as veterinary technology specialists. NCC's Veterinary Technology program aims to integrate the needs of the student, veterinary, public and global communities.

Program Entry

Applicants must be in overall good health and be capable of lifting a minimum of 55 lbs (25 kgs), and submit medical authorization to participate in the program. Rabies immunization is strongly recommended for Veterinary Technology students.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate competency in College Math, Biology, Chemistry and Basic Computing Skills (see Admission Requirements). Veterinary Technology is a selective admissions program with limited enrollment.

Once enrolled in the program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to progress.

Program Outcomes

  1. Care knowledgeably for animals with respect and compassion;
  2. Enter the workforce with entry-level clinical expertise that satisfies the accreditation requirements of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA);
  3. Enter the workforce as team players, with a professional demeanor and skill set;
  4. Take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and be eligible for recognition by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) after passing the VTNE;
  5. Foster awareness and recognition of our program and its mission in the veterinary and public community;
  6. Continue studies as veterinary technician specialists, or apply to pre-veterinary or other four-year degree programs.
 Requirements (68-71 Credits)
 College Core Requirements (24-27 Credits)
 CSA 105 Introduction to Software Applications 3 credits
 BIO 121 General Biology I 4 credits
 CHE 111 Concepts of Chemistry 4 credits
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 BIO 235 Microbiology 4 credits
Social Science elective 3 credits

 IDS 210 Humanities: The Creative Voice 3 credits OR
 IDS 230 Liberal Arts / Humanities: Great Books 3 credits *
 Major Requirements (44 Credits)
 VET 100 Introduction to Animal Care 2 credits
 VET 101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3 credits
 VET 103 Communication and Office Management for Veterinary Technicians 2 credits
 VET 125 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1 credit
 VET 151 Small Animal Veterinary Technology with Lab 4 credits
 VET 152 Large Animal Veterinary Technology with Lab 4 credits
 VET 201 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4 credits
 VET 202 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4 credits
 VET 205 Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 3 credits
 VET 212 Principles of Imaging with Lab 1 credit
 VET 221 Diseases of Animals 2 credits
 VET 230 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing with Lab 4 credits
 BIO 238 Parasitology 3 credits
 VET 241 Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians with Lab 1 credit
 VET 250 Principles of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 3 credits
 VET 280 Veterinary Technology Externship I 1 credit
 VET 281 Veterinary Technology Externship II 2 credits
 Program Prerequisites (11 Credits)

Mathematics competency may be demonstrated by one of the following: qualifying SAT score, ACT score, Accuplacer score(s), or passing MAT 136 with grade of "C" or better (see Admissions Requirements).

 BIO 121 General Biology I 4 credits ** (with a C or better, taken within five years prior to program admission)
 CHE 111 Concepts of Chemistry 4 credits ** (with a C or better, taken within five years prior to program admission)
 CSA 105 Introduction to Software Applications 3 credits ***
 Recommended Sequence of Study (68-71 Credits)
 Semester 1 (15 Credits)
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 VET 100 Introduction to Animal Care 2 credits
 VET 101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3 credits
 VET 103 Communication and Office Management for Veterinary Technicians 2 credits
 VET 125 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1 credit
 VET 201 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4 credits
 Semester 2 (15 Credits)
 VET 151 Small Animal Veterinary Technology with Lab 4 credits
 VET 152 Large Animal Veterinary Technology with Lab 4 credits
 VET 202 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4 credits
 VET 250 Principles of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 3 credits
 Semester 3 (15 Credits)
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 VET 205 Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 3 credits
 VET 212 Principles of Imaging with Lab 1 credit
 VET 230 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing with Lab 4 credits
 VET 280 Veterinary Technology Externship I 1 credit
Social Science elective
 Semester 4 (12-15 Credits)
 VET 221 Diseases of Animals 2 credits
 BIO 235 Microbiology 4 credits
 BIO 238 Parasitology 3 credits
 VET 241 Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians with Lab 1 credit
 VET 281 Veterinary Technology Externship II 2 credits

 IDS 210 Humanities: The Creative Voice 3 credits OR
 IDS 230 Liberal Arts / Humanities: Great Books 3 credits *
 Note:

*Students who have completed a B.A. or B.S. degree are not required to take the Humanities IDS elective

**There may be a pre-requisite that must be completed prior to taking these courses

***A Proficiency test is available from NCC's Computer Science Department to meet this requirement

Note: No Communications (COM) Course is required for graduation with an A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology.