Associate in Science Degree
NCCC’s Veterinary Technology Program has been ranked #40 in the nation by TheBestColleges.org! Click here for a complete list of the rankings.
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.
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.
|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, 2017
– June 30, 2020
|Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE||46|
|Three-Year VTNE Pass Percentage||78%|
The Veterinary Technology Program is a selective Admissions Program, and applications are accepted each spring for entry the following fall.
The advisor for students interested in applying to the Vet Tech Program is Rebecca Russo (Rrusso@nwcc.edu). Prospective students should schedule an advising appointment prior to registering for prerequisite courses, or to have prior courses evaluated for transfer.
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)
MAT* 137 – Intermediate Algebra or equivalent with a grade of “C“ or higher
♦ For any VET* course numbered 150 or higher (excluding VET* 201 and VET* 202), a health physical and rabies vaccination status form 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.
Applications for Fall 2021 entry are due April 1, 2021
Applications will be submitted online in 2021. Applicants must first apply to NCCC and obtain a Banner ID. Once they have been accepted and received their ID they can request an application to the Vet Tech Program here.
The application process includes submission of a personal essay, two letters of recommendation, documentation of any work/showing experience, official transcripts for all prerequisite courses, and a midterm grade report for any in-progress courses. Applicants should make sure to allow enough time for completion of all of the above prior to April 1st.
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 here.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination.
- Demonstrate analytical problem-solving and decision-making skills applicable to the role of the veterinary technician in the field of animal healthcare.
ENG* 101 Composition – 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
VET* 102 Vet Office Management & Communication – 3 credits
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
PSY* 111 General Psychology I – 3 credits
VET* 280 Veterinary Technology Externship I – 1 credit
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
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