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Online Program Requirements for Students - Veterinary Technology

Online Program Requirements: Student Information

If you need help or have questions regarding the Veterinary Technology program minimum or general education requirements listed below, contact the Loudoun Veterinary Technology Department by emailing or go to the contact page.

Minimum Requirements


Because the online program is designed for the student who is already working in a veterinary practice, these unique requirements apply to those candidates applying for admission to the online program only:

  • Students must work at an approved veterinary facility, an average minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Students must have a veterinary mentor; this person must be a licensed veterinarian and will be designated as an adjunct clinical professor after verification of credentials.
  • Students must attend the Loudoun Campus and average of two or three times per semester for testing and/or study.
  • Students and mentors must sign a Memorandum of Agreement regarding goals of the program and submit all requested forms (see Apply Here)


Students must meet the following minimum requirements before applying to the program. The minimum requirements are a high school graduate/GED, with completion of the following high school units (or equivalent) with a “C” average or better as a minimum:1 unit of algebra

  • 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 had Chemistry in high school; in this case, the student must then show a college-level Chemistry course before applying to the program in order to meet the minimum requirement. Students are welcome to submit an application to NOVA at and register to complete any missing courses needed to meet these minimally required courses.

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 already being accepted to the program. However, preference for admission is given to those applicants who have already completed these fundamental, general education courses.

The complete checklist of requirements that fulfill the A.A.S. degree program can be found at this link in the College Catalog on the Programs of Study Web page. You can use the Advising Sheets link on the Programs of Study Web page to see the list of the specific courses.


Course information


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 testing center is located in room LR 251.
Information can also be found at this link:


CST 110

Introduction to Communication
*CST 126 may be substituted


CHM Elective

Chemistry Elective (CHM 101, 121, or 111 all count)
*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:


Humanities Elective

Please check the College Catalog for the list of courses that can count toward the humanities elective course. Information can be found under Instructional Programs and then under general education requirements, or go to this link:


Social Sciences Elective

Please check the College Catalog for the list of courses that can count toward the social science elective course. Information can be found under Academic Programs and then under general education requirements, or check the list of acceptable social science elective courses at this link for the online catalog:


PED 116

Lifetime Fitness and Wellness


SDV Elective

Student Development course 100 or 101 is acceptable. Topics can include Student Success Skills; Leadership; Employment Readiness, and more. Please also note that the Veterinary Technology program also offers its own SDV 101 course.


MTH 126

Mathematics for Allied Health
*This course is a 2-credit drug dosage calculation course that prepares you for the VET 135 Anesthesia of Domestic Animals course. Students can also fulfill this requirement by taking a challenge exam in the Loudoun campus (see Advanced Standing policy below). The Loudoun test center is located in room LR 251. Information can also be found at this link:


Advanced Standing Policy

Those students who have completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution are usually given credit for fulfilling all of the general education courses listed above -- with the exception of the Chemistry elective course and the Math 126 course. If you have taken a 4 credit Chemistry course as part of your previous college degree curriculum, then you may be exempt from taking the required Chemistry course. But if you have not taken a 4 credit college level chemistry course, then you will still need to take this requirement either before entering the program (if you did not take Chemistry in high school) or after entering the program. If you do have college chemistry credits that can transfer in, your advisor may need to submit a substitution request form for your chemistry requirement.

For the Math 126 requirement, you may either take this course, or take a challenge exam and receive credit-by-exam if you have a college-level math course in your existing transcript that can be substituted. The challenge exam is arranged and administered through the Math Department. Check with your faculty advisor first to see if you are eligible for the Math 126 challenge exam and to obtain the appropriate contact information at the Math Department. Once you have passed the Math 126 challenge exam, your advisor will need to submit a substitution request form for you. The challenge exam can be taken at the Loudoun campus test center located in LR 251. Information about the hours of operation and more can be found at this link:

Veterinary Technology Course Requirements

Once students are accepted into the program, they are program-placed by the student counseling department and permitted to register for the VET courses. Please see Courses on this website to understand how the Online Veterinary Technology curriculum is laid out across the semesters.