Northwest Community College

Veterinary Technology

Mission and Information | Faculty | Outcomes 
Coursework | Application Information | Careers 

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. 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.

 

Total July 1, 2014
– June 30, 2017

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE

45

Number of eligible first-time candidates

53

Three-Year Pass Percentage on VTNE

73.3%


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)
CSA* 105 – Introduction to Software Applications with a grade of “C” or higher
MAT* 137 – Intermediate Algebra or equivalent with a grade of “C“ or higher

Other Requirements:
♦ Interview with full-time veterinary technology program faculty member
♦ For any VET* course numbered 150 or higher (excluding VET* 201 and VET* 202), a health physical and rabies vaccination certificate 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.

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
MED* 125 Medical Terminology - 3 credits
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* 102 Vet Office Management & Communication - 3 credits
VET* 151 Small Animal Veterinary Technology - 4 credits
VET* 152 Large Animal Veterinary Technology - 4 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* 205 Veterinary Lab Procedures - 3 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 68

Application Information

We still have a very limited number of seats available for enrollment in the Fall of 2017, and are accepting applications for these spots, as well as for our wait list, through July 14th.

If you are completing prerequisite courses over the summer, it is recommended that you submit your application now, with the words “Summer 2017”, and the end date of the course, under that prerequisite.

Once the coursework is completed you should provide an updated transcript as soon as possible (and request a transcript review if your course was taken outside of NCCC).

Please submit your application and any questions regarding the application process to:

Ama Matthews
Secretary – Nursing & Veterinary Technology Northwestern CT Community College
Park Place East, Founders Hall Annex – Room 216
Winsted, CT 06098
Phone: (860) 738-6303   Fax: (860) 738-6411
Email: amatthews@nwcc.edu

 

Vet Tech Information Packet 2017-18

Vet Tech Application Fall 2017

Vet Tech Application Checklist Fall 2017

Please note, all prospective students must have completed the following before their application will be considered:

  • Application and acceptance to NCCC as a Pre-Vet Tech student
  • Submission of official transcripts for all previous course work at institutions other than NCCC
  • Request that NCCC’s Admissions office evaluate and enter your transfer credits after official transcripts are received by NCCC (860-738-6330).