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Apply to Part-Time: Veterinary Technology Program

Important Dates

  • The next class begins in the Fall of 2014.
  • The last date to apply for the ONLINE program is June 1, 2014.

If you have decided to pursue the Online Veterinary Technology Degree please get started with the application process because it can take some time to compile all the components of the application package. The online program application process involves sending in required documents described in the process below. This process establishes a folder for each applicant. Only completed folders will be reviewed for admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.

  • The deadline for completed application folders for the online program is June 1, 2014 (postmarked by).
  • Admitted students are generally notified on or before August 1 by a letter via U.S. mail to address on file.
  • Candidates declined admission will be notified on or before August 1 by a letter as well and will be given information on reapplication.

If you need help or have questions regarding the Veterinary Technology Program application process, please email LoVetTech@nvcc.edu.

Please note, there is no formal application form but candidates must print out, initial and include a Pre-Admissions Checklist as a cover sheet before mailing all of the following materials in one final application package.

IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION, IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU:  

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

  • Print out and initial a Pre-Admissions Checklist to acknowledge that you have met the minimum requirements and are including all required materials needed to apply to the program.
  • This Pre-Admissions Checklist should be included as the cover page and mailed with your entire application package. 
  • Please make sure to submit your application materials as one entire package. Application materials will not be accepted on an individual, piece-by-piece basis.

2. Submit an application for admission to the college (NOVA).

  • If you are a current NOVA student, please skip this step—you do not need to reapply.
  • If you are a returning NOVA student, and it has been more than two years, you may need to reapply to reactivate your status.    
  • Forms may be obtained from any NOVA Student Services Center or printed out from the NOVA website.
  • An online application may also be submitted at www.nvcc.edu. 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 on to the MY NOVA system later.
  • At the end of the application process, pay specific attention to obtaining your EMPLID # and your USER NAME.

If you encounter any problems with the application process, please contact Student Services at any NOVA campus or the IT Help Desk at 703.426.4141; select option #1 when prompted.

3. Request official copies of all your high school and college (if applicable) transcripts so that you may include them in your application package.

  • 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 “C” or better), then your high school transcript is not needed. However, if you are unable to show these minimum course requirements on a college transcript, be sure to send your high school transcript as well.
  • The most effective method of sending transcripts to ensure that they reach the Veterinary Technology program is to do the following: request your school(s) to send you at least three 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.
  • One copy of each of your transcripts will be used for program admissions decisions and the other set will be submitted to Student Services for evaluation of transfer credits and advanced standing.

4. Include in your application package a completed Request for Evaluation Form for each transcript being sent; this form is your permission to have your transcripts evaluated by Student Services:

  • Transcript Evaluation Request, Form #125-049. Without this form, your transcripts will be stored in an image file but not posted to your record. This form will enable your transferred credits to be evaluated and posted to your record. You can find the form at the link for the NOVA Forms Library at http://www.nvcc.edu/forms/student/bynumber.asp.
  • Fill out the information at the top of the form, check off that this is your initial request for evaluation, state your major as Veterinary Technology, and write in the name of the Institution that the transcript is being sent from. Sign and date the bottom of the form.
5. Letter of Intent - Send a typed, dated and signed letter directly to the program describing your background, including your academic and work experience and your interest in becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Include your EMPLID #, phone number and address in your letter.
  • Although not required, feel free to attach additional information, such as a resume or any other documents you would like considered in the admission process (i.e., awards, evidence of additional relevant training, and commendation letters from a client)..
  • There is no required length or format for this typed letter.
  • Address the letter to:

    Dr. Mary Aller
    NOVA – Loudoun Campus-Natural & Applied Science Division
    LA Building Room 149
    21200 Harry Flood Byrd Highway
    Sterling, VA 20164

6. Obtain two professional letters of recommendations individually in a sealed envelope addressed to:

Dr. Mary Aller
NOVA – Loudoun Campus-Natural & Applied Science Division
LA Building Room 149
21200 Harry Flood Byrd Highway
Sterling, VA 20164

  • One of the letters must be from your Veterinary Mentor.
  • DO NOT have them 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 with application packet. This action shows that the letter is official and that the applicant has not seen its content.
  • Letters of reference may not come from personally-related family members.
  • Solid letters of reference should be obtained from people who know you well and can speak to your character and the kind of person that you are (i.e., work supervisors, high school teachers or counselors, college professors or counselor, or people for whom you have completed volunteer service).

7. 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 Eng 111 and Math 126. 

You DO NOT have to take these placement exams if you fit into any one of the following categories:

  • You are a current NOVA student and you have already taken the English and Math placement tests with satisfactory scores.
  • You are a current NOVA student and you have already completed English 111 (you do not need to re-take the English placement test).
  • You are a current 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 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.”

8. Download the Memorandum of Agreement forms, the Task List, and Equipment Check List. Have your mentor complete all three forms. You can either mail these documents with your application package or bring them with you when you come to campus for your interview. Since these documents require a signature, you must print them out, and return the completed forms with signatures via regular mail in your application package or in person. Do not email electronic copies or scans.

9. Once your application has been reviewed and found to be complete, you will be eligible for an interview. The interview should be the last step of the admissions process, after you have submitted all required documents, and your application package has been reviewed. You will be contacted by the administrative assistant to set a date and time for a face to face interview with Dr. Aller. You may check on the progress of the application review process by contacting Linda Karol, Administrative Assistant at 703.450.2525 or email LOVetTech@nvcc.edu.