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Veterinary Technology Program

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The Veterinary Technology program is designed for persons who wish to develop the latest techniques and skills that will prepare them for careers as veterinary technicians and other related positions in animal hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, research laboratories, institutional or pharmaceutical animal colonies, zoological parks and as federal or state livestock inspectors.

Which program is right for you?

NOVA has programs both for full-time students and for those already working in the veterinary field. Click on the buttons below for more information about NOVA’s Veterinary Technology programs.

Faculty and Staff
  • Dr. Tregel Cockburn, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor
  • Dr. Mary Aller, Online Program Head and Professor  
  • Dr. Amy Laubinger, Assistant Professor
  • Ms. Diane Schrenzel, LVT  - Instructor/Trainer
  • Ms. Dawn Witter, LVT - Instructor/Trainer
  • Ms. Linda Schnaible, LVT – Instructor/Trainer
  • Ms. Deborah Fulton, Administrative Assistant
History

The Animal Science Technology Program was established at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus in 1975. The Program was awarded full accreditation by the Committee on Animal Technician Activities and Training (CATAT) of the American Veterinary Medical Association in the fall of 1980. The program name was changed three decades ago to Veterinary Technology. Beginning in the fall of 2002 the Veterinary Technology Program at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus began offering the Veterinary Technology degree program online, in addition to the traditional on-campus program. The online program achieved initial accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2004 and full accreditation in 2005. Combined, the two programs produce approximately 50 graduates per year.

Virginia veterinary technicians are represented regionally by the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians (VALVT). The mission of the organization is to provide support to licensed veterinary technicians through continuing education and by serving as a professional voice for technicians throughout the state. Veterinary technicians are represented nationally by National Association of Veterinary Technician in America (NAVTA). Founded in 1981, the primary mission of the organization is to provide a means by which veterinary technicians can be involved in and provided input on national issues involving veterinary medicine. To better support the role of the veterinary technician in practice and to help define the job descriptions of the veterinary team, NAVTA created guidelines and a model curriculum for veterinary assistant programs. The association launched a veterinary assistant program approval certification in 2010.

As the profession continues to evolve, NAVTA has met that need by creating the NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technicians Specialties (CVTS). This committee is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the accrediting body for veterinary technician specialties. The CVTS has created guidelines for veterinary technician organizations to facilitate the formation of a specialty organization. These organizations are known as academies and each academy defines and develops the specific pathway (based on CVTS guidelines) that a candidate must complete in order to earn the designation Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) within that academy. There are currently 10 academies recognized by CVTS: dentistry, anesthesia, internal medicine, emergency/critical care, behavior, zoological medicine, equine, surgery, clinical practice and nutrition. In addition, four societies have been created for the advancement of specialty interest in veterinary technology: behavior, equine, zoological medicine and emergency/critical care.

National Veterinary Technician Exam (VTNE)

VTNE Results For On-campus NOVA Veterinary Technology Program

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016
Number of eligible first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 100
Number of eligible first-time candidates 102
Three-year average pass rate for first time test takers on the VTNE based on July 1 to June 30 reporting years (2013-2016) 81%

VTNE Results For On-line NOVA Veterinary Technology Program

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 47
Number of eligible first-time candidates 61
Three-year average pass rate for first time test takers on the VTNE based on 
July 1 to June 30 reporting years (2013-2016)
91%
Vet. Tech Curriculum Advisory Committee

NOVA, Loudoun Campus

Dr. Tregel Cockburn, DVM (Committee Executive Secretary)
Marta Ishmael, LVT
Dr. Robert Brown, DVM
Cheryl  Collins, LVT
Lloyd Moore, LVT, R-LAT
Dr. Thomas Massie, DVM
Dana Eddy, LVT, CVPM
Azadeh Chegini
Amanda Compton, LVT, RVT, EqDT
Gail Figgins, LVT
Gary Hornbaker
Jane Naramore, LVT
Dr. Jeffery Newman, DVM
Joshua Parkins
Michelle Doneburgh, LVT

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