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Requirements & Pre-Admissions Checklists: Veterinary Technology Program

Minimum Requirements


Students must meet the following minimum requirements before applying to the program. You must be a high school graduate/GED, with completion of the following high school units (or equivalent) a “C” letter grade or better as a minimum (a C-minus does not meet this requirement):

  • 1 unit of algebra
  • 1 unit of biology
  • 1 unit of chemistry 
  • Proficiency in high school English

If you are missing any of these courses at the high school level, then a college course can be used to meet any of these minimum requirements. For example, some students applying to the program may not have taken Chemistry in high school; in this case, the student must then show a college-level Chemistry course (4-credits with a lab) before applying to the program in order to meet the minimum requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to submit an application to NOVA and register to complete any missing courses needed to meet these minimally required courses. Students applying for the Fall semester should start taking required general education courses in the preceding summer session.

General Education Requirements

The required curriculum for Veterinary Technology students includes some Liberal Arts courses. These courses can either be taken prior to entering the program or after being accepted to the program.  However, preference for admission is given to those applicants who have already completed these fundamental general education courses or already have a degree.  Preference is especially given to applicants with a degree in a related field, such as animal science, or any of the natural sciences.  NOTE: An applicant’s academic record, including grade point average (GPA) and history of withdrawals (W) and failures (F) are also taken into consideration.

The Veterinary Technology program coursework is rigorous. We welcome all applications for students 18 yrs and older; however please note that we are committed to accepting students who show the strongest academic foundation.  We expect our students to enter the program with excellent skill sets in writing, math, critical thinking, communication, team work, interpersonal/social skills, study skills, organizational skills and adept at time management.

Review the NOVA Advising Sheet for a checklist of program requirements that fulfill the Applied Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology (A.A.S.). Students who have been most successful in our program are those who have already completed the following fundamental coursework toward degree completion:

CourseName and InformationCredits
CST 110 Introduction to Communication (Speech)
*CST 126 may be substituted
CHM Elective Introduction To College Chemistry with Lab (CHM 101, 111, or 121)
Students must complete CHM with ‘C’ or better by end of 1st program semester
*This course is a 4-credit lab course that prepares you for the Vet Tech Pharmacology course. Make sure to note that there are prerequisite courses required before taking any of these Chemistry courses. Check the catalog for the courses needed before being allowed to register for a Chemistry course.
ENG 111 College Composition
*This course requires a satisfactory placement test score suitable for English 111. Placement tests can be taken at any test center on any campus. The Loudoun test center is located in room LR 251.
Humanities Elective Refer to the current printed NOVA Course Catalog for the list of courses that can count toward the humanities elective course or check the list of acceptable humanities elective courses. 3
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
An activity physical education course cannot be substituted for this course. 1
Social Sciences Elective Refer to the current printed NOVA Course Catalog for the list of courses that can count toward the social science elective course or check the list of acceptable social science elective courses.
SDV 101 Veterinary Technology program offers its own 8-week course during the summer and fall semester of the program as SDV 101. Topics include Profession of Veterinary Technology, Externship/Preceptorship information, Resume Prep Skills, Student Success Skills, Test Anxiety, Time Management, and more. Student development course SDV 100 at NOVA may be substituted. 1
MTH 126 Mathematics for Allied Health
Students must complete MTH126 with ‘C’ or better by end of 1st Program Semester
*This course is a 2-credit drug dosage calculation course that prepares you for the Vet Technology Anesthesia course. Students can also fulfill this requirement by taking a challenge exam at the Loudoun campus testing center (see Advanced Standing policy) after being accepted to the program.

Advanced Standing Policy

Those students who have completed an Associates or Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution will automatically be given credit for fulfilling all of the general education courses listed above with the exception of Chemistry elective course (4-credits with a lab) and Math 126 course. These two courses are program-specific requirements for degree completion in veterinary technology. If you have taken a 4-credit Chemistry course with lab as part of your degree curriculum and achieved a letter grade of C or better (C-minus grades and lower do not transfer to NOVA) then you are exempt from taking the Chemistry course as well. If you have not taken a 4-credit Chemistry course or did not achieve the minimum transfer credit grade then you will still need to take this requirement either before applying to the program (if you did not take Chemistry in high school) or during the summer session prior to entry or during first semester of the On-Campus program.

For the Math 126 requirement, you may either take this course, or take a challenge exam and receive credit-by-exam after being accepted into the program. The challenge exam can be taken at the Loudoun campus test center located in LR 251. Before requesting to take the Math 126 challenge exam, you must have taken a college-level transferable math course with a 'C' or better. This college math course must also be documented on an official college transcript to facilitate student request to your faculty advisor for course substitution process.

Veterinary Technology Course Requirements

After students are accepted into the program, they are program-placed by the campus counseling office then will be E-mailed instructions of when to register for the veterinary technology specific (VET) sequence of courses. Review Courses to see how the full-time, 68 total credit, 5-semester curriculum is planned.

If you need help or have questions about the veterinary Technology Program minimum or general education requirements, Contact Us.

On-Campus Program 2015 Application Guide

For your reference, there is a printable guide of the 2015 On-Campus Program available in pdf format.