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Veterinary Technology Degree Program A.S.

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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.

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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.


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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).

Requirements (70 Credits)

Recommended Sequence of Study (70 Credits)


*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.

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