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

  • SDV101 Orientation to Veterinary Technology
  • ENG111 College Composition I
  • CHM101 Introductory Chemistry or CHM111 General Chemistry (preferred)
  • MTH133 Mathematics for Health Professionals
  • VET111 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals

MTH133 and VET111 are only available at the Loudoun campus and can be completed on-campus or online. There are no substitutions for these courses.

General Education Requirements

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.  All program applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application submission. 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.  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. Your transcripts are evidence of your academic preparedness and an indicator of your readiness to complete the rigorous veterinary technology coursework. Thus, in the admission review process, we will be considering the number of college credits and fundamental general education courses already completed and your cumulative grade point average (GPA). We will also note the number of withdrawals and failures you may have earned over time; they may indicate a student’s inability to persist and we would be concerned about our ability to retain you through to degree completion.

Review the most current academic 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:

CST 110

Introduction to Communication (Speech)
*CST 126 may be substituted

Humanities Elective

Refer to the current printed or on-line 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.

Social Sciences Elective

Refer to the current printed or on-line 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.


Veterinary Technology Course Requirements

Once accepted into the program, students are program-placed by the Loudoun campus then they will be E-mailed instructions regarding when to register for the veterinary technology specific (VET-prefixed) sequence of courses. Review the chart in the current Program of Study and scroll to end of the page to see how the 68 total credit, full-time, 5-semester curriculum is sequenced.

Please note, due to the schedule of courses offered, two years for the full-time On-Campus program and three year for the part-time On-Line program are the shortest periods of time possible to complete the NOVA Veterinary Technology Program once accepted.

Veterinary Technology Program Guide and Technical Standards