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The next full-time class begins August 2016 (NOVA Fall Semester).

The last date to apply for the full-time traditional On-Campus program is March 2nd (completed program application packet must be postmarked by this date or will be returned to you).

The On-Campus program application process involves mailing in required documents described in the process below.  Only completed application packets will be reviewed for admission to the Veterinary Technology Program:

  • The deadline for completed application packages for the On-Campus program is March 2nd (postmarked by).
  • Admitted students are generally notified on or before April 15th to their NOVA college email address on file.
  • Candidates declined admission to the program will be notified on or before April 30th by NOVA college email and will be provided with re-application information.

If you need help or have any questions regarding the Veterinary Technology program application process or the requirements needed to apply to the program, complete the Contact Form.

Please note that there is no formal application form directly for the program, but the candidate must print, complete, sign, and include a current year Pre-Admissions Checklist as the top-page document when mailing all of the following materials in one single application package. See the tips and suggestions offered below for key steps of the process based on frequently asked questions. IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR ON-CAMPUS PROGRAM ADMISSION, IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:   

1. Print Application Checklist.

  • Print out and initial the current year Pre-Admissions Checklist to acknowledge that you have met all of the minimum requirements and are including all of the supporting materials needed to apply to the full-time program.
  • This Application Checklist should be included as the top page and mailed with your entire application package in a single large manila envelope.
  • Please be sure to submit your application materials in their entirety. Incomplete application folders or separate items received will not be accepted for the review process.

2. Submit an application for general admissions to the College.  

  • If you are currently enrolled in classes at NOVA or have attended NOVA within the last two years, there is no need to re-apply to the college.
  • Complete an on-line application at www.nvcc.edu. Click on the tab APPLY NOW in the top right corner of the NOVA homepage.
  • Be sure to record the password you use to complete the application; you will use this password to log in to MY NOVA later.
  • At the end of the application process, pay specific attention to obtain and record your new STUDENT ID# and USER NAME for future use.
  • If you encounter any problems with the application process, please contact the IT Help Desk at 703.426.4141 (available 24/7), and select option # 1 when prompted.

3. Request three official copies of high school and college transcripts be sent from your school(s) directly to you at your home address:

  • Request that your school(s) send you at least two (2) official transcript copies from each institution to your home address (do not open the transcripts) and include one copy from each school’s unopened official transcript as part of your final application package. Keep the second copy for your own records and as a back-up unopened copy.
  • Request for the third copy of transcripts to be sent to the College for official transcript evaluation – see Step #5 below.

4. Submit Official Score Documents for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits with packet (if applicable). 

5. Submit a Request for Evaluation of Transcript Form (Form 125‐049E) which must be completed online for transfer credit purposes. 

Paper transcript evaluation request forms will no longer be accepted.  You must submit a separate request for each transcript you would like to be evaluated. All international high school and international college transcripts must first be evaluated for course‐by‐course credit by an evaluation agency. Once you have received the completed course‐ by‐course evaluation, follow the steps listed above to request final evaluation through NOVA Student Services. Recommended private services to use for international transcript translation and review:

Be sure to document the date and time Form 125-049E was completed and submitted on the Veterinary Technology Pre-Admissions Checklist.

6. Submit with your application packet a typed, dated, and signed letter of intent describing your background.  Please include your academic accomplishments, work experience, life skills and your interest in becoming a professional Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT).

  • Letter should be single-spaced, 12 pt font, and a maximum of two pages
  • Include your name, NOVA STUDENT ID # and full signature at end of letter
  • Include a current resume (maximum of two pages)

7. Obtain two professional letters of recommendation, each individually sealed in an envelope and addressed to:

Dr. Tregel Cockburn, Assistant Dean
NOVA – Loudoun Campus
Veterinary Technology Department
Natural & Applied Science Division

DO NOT have letters of recommendation mailed or emailed directly to the program. Both letters of reference are to be included with your application package.

  • Request that each person writing a reference letter sign and date across the back of the sealed envelope then return the letter to you for inclusion within the packet. This action shows that the letter is official and has not been opened.
  • Letters of reference from family members (close or distant) or co-workers are NOT acceptable.
  • Solid letters of reference should be obtained from people who know you well and can speak of your character and the kind of person that you are or comment on your previous academic performance (i.e. practice managers, LVTs, veterinarians, practice owners, other work supervisors, high school teachers or counselors, college professors, people for whom you have completed volunteer service).

8. If you have no previous experience, you must observe in a veterinary clinic or hospital for a minimum of 32 hours and obtain written proof of completion. 

  • Please note that the documentation of your observation hours cannot be used as one of your letters of reference. 
  • If you are already working in a veterinary practice, this step is not required.  However, ensure that the veterinarian that owns the practice or supervising veterinarian provides a letter of reference for you. This expected letter of reference will verify your experience and background.
  • Locate a local veterinary practice who will allow you to observe by either using your current family veterinarian or by looking up local veterinary practices in the yellow pages or on the Internet. Politely introduce yourself when contacting the clinic or veterinary hospital and request the opportunity to observe as part of your application process.
  • Your minimum 32 hours of observation should be documented in a brief letter on official veterinary practice letterhead. Ask the observing veterinarian to sign and date the sealed envelope flap to designate this as an official letter.  Be sure to include this with your application packet.  There is no specific program application form for this step.
  • Preference is given to applicants that are already working in the veterinary field full-time, because those students who are able to apply the knowledge and skills on a weekly basis while fulfilling coursework are historically the most successful in completing the academic program and becoming a licensed veterinary technician.

9. Complete NOVA placement tests for reading, writing, and mathematics with satisfactory scores and submit scores to the Veterinary Technology program.  Satisfactory scores will place you into English 111, Math 126, and Chemistry 101 or 111. Ensure placement scores are posted to your NOVA student account for verification.

You do not need to take these free NOVA placement exams if you fit into any one of the following categories:

  • You are a current or previous NOVA student and have already taken the English and Math placement tests with satisfactory scores.
  • You are a current or previous NOVA student and you have already completed English 111 (you do not need to re-take the English placement test).
  • You are a current or previous NOVA student and you have already completed a college-level math course (you do not need to re-take the Math placement test); developmental math courses do not count.
  • You are a current or previous NOVA student and you have already completed Chemistry 101 or 111.
  • You are a student who has earned an Associate’s or Bachelor’s or other advanced degree from another accredited school.
  • You are a student transferring in Freshman English or a college-level credit math course (pass/fail math courses do not count) from another accredited college with at least a “C.”

10. AFTER you have completed all the above steps, mail your completed application package with the Application Checklist as the top-page document to the NOVA Loudoun Veterinary Technology program; no hand-delivery of application packet. Only completed application packets will be reviewed for admission to the Veterinary Technician program.  

Application package must be mailed to the Veterinary Technology On-Campus assistant dean’s office located below postmarked by deadline:

NOVA – Loudoun Campus
Veterinary Technology Department
LA Building, Room 157
21200 Campus Drive
Sterling, Virginia 20164-8699

  • Include a self-addressed and stamped postcard in packet. It will be marked and mailed back to you as confirmation that your application packet is received and complete.
  • Evaluation of application packets will only be granted to those prospective students who have completed steps 1 through 10 and who have met all minimum requirements.
  • Be sure to submit your application material in one large manila mailing package by any mail carrier (e.g. USPS, FedEx, UPS) that provides delivery confirmation and package tracking services. We are not responsible for lost or misdirected mail to the college. No hand-delivery of application packets.

 11. Financial Aid considerations:

  • At the same time that you are preparing an application to be accepted to the Veterinary Technology program, be sure to also meet with a financial aid counselor on any campus to discuss financial aid process and your options.
  • The Loudoun Campus financial aid counselors are located in the LR building (Reynolds, Room 249 for the Loudoun campus. Call toll-free to 1.855.323.3199 first to confirm their weekday walk-in hours before you visit.
  • You can find the information for financial aid offices at all NOVA campuses at the following link: http://www.nvcc.edu/financialaid/index.html
  • More information about financial aid can be found under the Financial Aid FAQ: http://www.nvcc.edu/financialaid/support/faq.html
  • The six-digit identification code for Northern Virginia Community College is 003727.
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