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The next full-time class begins August 2015 (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; a folder will then be created for each applicant. Only completed application folders 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 E-mail address on-file.
  • Candidates declined admission to the program will be notified on or before April 30th by NOVA college E-mail and will be provided with re-application information.

If you need help or have any questions regarding the Veterinary Technology program application process, Contact Us.

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.

1. Use the Pre-Admissions Checklist to guide you.

  • Print out and initial a 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 Pre-Admissions Checklist should be included as the top page and mailed with your entire application package in a single large manila envelope.
  • Please make sure to submit your application materials in their entirety as incomplete application folders or separate items received will not be accepted for the review process.

2. Submit an application for admission to the college.  

  • If you are currently taking NOVA classes (courses) then you are an active NOVA student and you may skip this step -- you need not reapply for general admissions to the College.
  • If you are a returning NOVA student but it has been more than two years (inactive student) then you will have to reapply to reactivate your student ID and NOVA E-mail account. 
  • Complete an on-line application at Click on the tab APPLY NOW in the top right corner of the NOVA home page.
  • Make 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 for future use your STUDENT ID# and your USER NAME.
  • 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:

  • If you have taken college coursework or possess a college degree, and your college transcript shows evidence of the minimum requirements (Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry with a letter grade of C or better), then your high school transcript is not needed.  However, if these minimum course requirements are not on your college transcript, be sure to request and include your high school transcript with the application package in a sealed original envelope.
  • The most effective method of submitting transcripts is to do the following: Request that your school(s) send you at least three (3) official transcript copies from each institution to your home address (do not open the transcripts), and include two of each school’s unopened official transcript(s) as part of your final application package. Keep the third copy for your own records
  • 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. A pattern of "Ws" or "Fs" across time may indicate a student’s inability to persist and we would be concerned about our ability to retain you through to degree completion.

4. Submit Official Score Documents for AP, IB or CLEP credits with packet (if applicable).
5. Submit a completed Transcript Evaluation Request Form for each transcript being sent for transfer credit purposes with packet.

  • Transcript Evaluation Request, Form #125-049: The printed and signed form will enable your transferred credits to be evaluated and posted to your academic record.  You can find the form at the NOVA Forms Library.

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

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

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

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

  • DO NOT have your recommenders mail or E-mail individual letters 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 that the applicant has not seen its content.
  • You cannot use the minimum16 hours of veterinary observation letter described below as a professional letter of recommendation. 
  • Letters of reference from family members (close and 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 (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 for a minimum of 16 hours in a veterinary clinic or hospital and obtain written proof of completion of the required hours. PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO THOSE APPLICANTS CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE VETERINARY CLINICAL FIELD.

  • Please note that the documenter of your observation hours cannot be used as one of your letters of reference. There is no application form for this.
  • If you are already working in a veterinary practice, this step is not required.  However, ensure that your veterinarian practice owner 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 Internet. Politely introduce yourself when contacting the clinic or veterinary hospital and request observation as part of your application process.
  • Your minimum 16 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. There is no specific program application form for this step.
  • Include this proof of observation hours letter as part of your application package.
  • 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 and Math 126.
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 Math course (you do not need to re-take the Math placement test).
  • 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 an English 101 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, please mail your completed application package with the Pre-Admissions Checklist as the top-page document to the NOVA Loudoun Veterinary Technology program.  Only completed application folders will be reviewed for admission to the Veterinary Technician program. Application package must be submitted directly to the Veterinary Technology On-Campus assistant dean’s office located in the LA building or mailed to address below postmarked by deadline:

NOVA – Loudoun Campus
Veterinary Technology Department
LA Building, Room 159
21200 Campus Drive
Sterling, Virginia 20164-8699

  • Include a self-addressed and stamped postcard in packet. It will be stamped and mailed back to you as confirmation application packet is received and complete.
  • Evaluation of folders will only be granted to those prospective students who have completed steps 1 through 9 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, DHL) that provides delivery confirmation/package tracking services. We are not responsible for lost or misdirected mail to the college.
  • If you have any questions about this application process go to Contact Us.

 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.
  • More information about financial aid can be found under the Financial Aid FAQ.
  • The six-digit identification code for Northern Virginia Community College is 003727.