November 27, 2017 James Revillini

Veterinary Technology

Associate in Science Degree

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Click here for more details about this merger.

Applications for Fall 2022 entry are due April 1 – click here for more information

 

NCCC’s Veterinary Technology Program has been ranked #40 in the nation by TheBestColleges.org! Click here for a complete list of the rankings.

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 in all of the above, with a special focus on companion animal medicine and practice. 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.

State License Notice:

Credentialing of Veterinary Technicians varies by state and includes Licensed, Registered, and Certified Veterinary Technicians (referred to as LVT, RVT, and CVT, respectively). Certification of Veterinary Technicians in the State of Connecticut is currently voluntary. Individuals wishing to become certified must be graduates of an accredited Veterinary Technology Program and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination. For a complete list of requirements by state, please visit: https://www.navta.net/page/credentialing

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.

The three-year pass percentage on VTNE is calculated as follows: X/Y * 100=Three-year pass percentage whereby X is the number of first time candidates that passed the VTNE and Y is the number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE July 1, 2018
– June 30, 2021
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 36
Three-Year VTNE Pass Percentage 88.9%

Program Admission

The Veterinary Technology Program is a selective Admissions Program, and pre-requisite coursework is required.

Program Admission Prerequisites:

  • BIO* 121 – General Biology (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or higher
  • CHE* 111 – Concepts of Chemistry (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or higher
  • MAT* 137 – Intermediate Algebra (or equivalent) with a grade of “C“ or higher

Note: BIO and CHEM must be taken within 5 years of application to the  program.  AP exam scores, TEAS scores, and college Math placement tests may be used to meet these requirements in some situations; for more information, please contact admissions@nwcc.edu.

Other Requirements:

  • A health physical and proof of rabies vaccination or titer are required prior to participating in VET courses other than VET101.
  • 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.

Program Application:

Applications are due April 1, 2022, for Fall 2022 entry.

  • Applicants may submit the application while prerequisite courses are in progress; however, preference is given to those with all prerequisite coursework completed.
  • The application process includes submission of a two-part Program Application (Academic History and Essay Responses), A Reference Form, official transcripts for all prerequisite courses, and a midterm grade report for any in-progress courses. Documentation of previous veterinary or animal experience is recommended, but not required.
  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by May 1. Those with prerequisite coursework outstanding will be granted a Conditional Acceptance, contingent upon completion of all prerequisites with a C or higher. Failure to meet this requirement will result in forfeiture of a place in the program

The NCCC Vet Tech Program Application includes links to all application components, as well as instructions on how to complete and submit each component of the application. Please read it carefully prior to beginning your application.

  • Questions about the application or admissions process and transcript status checks should be directed to the Admissions Department at (admissions@nwcc.edu).
  • Students who are currently enrolled at Northwestern and are interested in the Vet Tech Program should make an advising appointment with Rebecca Russo, Student Services Coordinator for Nursing and Allied Health, prior to registering for courses.

Additional information on the program curriculum and requirements, and the field of veterinary technology in general, can be found in the Open House presentation here: 

More information regarding program academic, health, and vaccination requirements, as well as program costs, can be found in the Vet Tech Program Info Packet.

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
VET* 102 Vet Office Management & Communication – 3 credits
VET* 125 Veterinary Medical Terminology – 1 credit
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* 151 Small Animal Veterinary Technology – 4 credits
VET* 205 Veterinary Lab Procedures – 3 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* 152 Large Animal Veterinary Technology – 4 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 66

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.