On-Campus vs. Online Courses

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Flexible Learning

Whether you opt for on-campus or online courses, or a mix of both, our Veterinary Technology program provides flexibility to suit your preferences. Consider the following details when deciding between on-campus and online learning:

Online Courses Overview:

  • Administered through Canvas and Zoom platforms.
  • Utilize online lectures and textbooks for study and assignments.
  • Active participation in online discussions and regular communication with faculty.
  • Proctored examinations at local community college testing centers.
  • Laboratory review and practical examinations held at NOVA's Loudoun Campus.
  • Clinical skills evaluation methods include video recordings, product assessments, assignments, and on-campus examinations.

On-Campus Visit Requirements:

  • Online courses typically require approximately three visits to the Loudoun campus each semester.
  • Some courses may involve field trips.

What It Takes to Succeed in the Veterinary Technology Program

Designed for Working Professionals

The Veterinary Technology Program is tailored for working veterinary assistants. Consider the following factors to determine if this program aligns with your goals:

  1. Dedication:
    • The program is demanding, especially online. Commitment to long-term educational goals is crucial for success.
  2. Self-Motivation and Independence:
    • Online courses suit individuals with excellent time management skills and a preference for independent study. On-campus courses may be preferable for those who thrive on group interactions.
  3. Support Structure:
    • Building connections with nearby students aids in studying and carpooling. Online courses incorporate small group assignments during campus visits for networking.
  4. Communication:
    • Regular interaction with instructors is essential. Following directions, accessing Canvas consistently, and checking NOVA email frequently are key components.
  5. Time Management:
    • Courses are not self-paced, with weekly assignment deadlines. A dedicated study schedule is necessary, with at least 3-4 hours per credit hour for online courses.
  6. Attendance Requirements:
    • Specific campus activities and field trips are essential for course grades. Students need to arrange work schedules accordingly.