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Veterinary Technology Program

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The Veterinary Technology program is designed for persons who wish to develop the latest techniques and skills that will prepare them for careers as veterinary technicians and other related positions in animal hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, research laboratories, institutional or pharmaceutical animal colonies, zoological parks and as federal or state livestock inspectors.

Which program is right for you?

NOVA has programs both for full-time students and for those already working in the veterinary field. Click on the buttons below for more information about NOVA’s Veterinary Technology programs.

Faculty and Staff
  • Dr. Kiana Adkisson-Selby, Program Head and Assistant Professor
  • Ms. Lisa Scott, BSc LVT, Program Manager
  • Dr. Tregel Cockburn, Professor
  • Dr. Amy Laubinger, Associate Professor
  • Ms. Diane Schrenzel, LVT  - Instructor/Trainer
  • Ms. Dawn Witter, LVT - Instructor/Trainer
  • Ms. Linda Schnaible, LVT – Instructor/Trainer
  • Ms. Ebony Adomanis, Office Administrator

The Animal Science Technology Program was established at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus in 1975. The Program was awarded full accreditation by the Committee on Animal Technician Activities and Training (CATAT) of the American Veterinary Medical Association in the fall of 1980. The program name was changed three decades ago to Veterinary Technology. Beginning in the fall of 2002 the Veterinary Technology Program at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus began offering the Veterinary Technology degree program online, in addition to the traditional on-campus program. The online program achieved initial accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2004 and full accreditation in 2005. Combined, the two programs produce approximately 50 graduates per year.

Virginia veterinary technicians are represented regionally by the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians (VALVT). The mission of the organization is to provide support to licensed veterinary technicians through continuing education and by serving as a professional voice for technicians throughout the state. Veterinary technicians are represented nationally by National Association of Veterinary Technician in America (NAVTA). Founded in 1981, the primary mission of the organization is to provide a means by which veterinary technicians can be involved in and provided input on national issues involving veterinary medicine. To better support the role of the veterinary technician in practice and to help define the job descriptions of the veterinary team, NAVTA created guidelines and a model curriculum for veterinary assistant programs. The association launched a veterinary assistant program approval certification in 2010.

As the profession continues to evolve, NAVTA has met that need by creating the NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technicians Specialties (CVTS). This committee is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the accrediting body for veterinary technician specialties. The CVTS has created guidelines for veterinary technician organizations to facilitate the formation of a specialty organization. These organizations are known as academies and each academy defines and develops the specific pathway (based on CVTS guidelines) that a candidate must complete in order to earn the designation Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) within that academy. There are currently 10 academies recognized by CVTS: dentistry, anesthesia, internal medicine, emergency/critical care, behavior, zoological medicine, equine, surgery, clinical practice and nutrition. In addition, four societies have been created for the advancement of specialty interest in veterinary technology: behavior, equine, zoological medicine and emergency/critical care.

Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)

VTNE Results For On-campus NOVA Veterinary Technology Program

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 84
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 83.3%

VTNE Results For Online NOVA Veterinary Technology Program

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 49
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 83.67%
Vet. Tech Curriculum Advisory Committee

NOVA, Loudoun Campus

Dr. Tregel Cockburn, DVM (Committee Executive Secretary)
Marta Ishmael, LVT
Dr. Robert Brown, DVM
Christy Bell, LVT
Thomas Massie, DVM
Dana Eddy, LVT, CVPM
Azadeh Chegini
Gail Figgins, LVT
Jane Naramore, LVT
Dr. Jeffery Newman, DVM
Joshua Parkins
Samantha-Jo Ebert, RVT, ALAT
Katie Newbold, LVT, CVPM
Kim Hill, LVT
Kelly Lucas, LVT, RLATg
Dr. Jay Joyce, DVM
Ellen Carozza, LVT
Dr. Susan Barnes, DVM
Dr. Donna Krochak, DVM

News and Events

Latest News

  • First Annual Veterinary Technology Networking Event
    On November 1, 2018, the event space in the HEC building was filled with representatives from the finest veterinary practices around.  These representatives were here to meet all of the current students in the Veterinary Technology Program at NOVA, as well as, veterinary technology alumni who may be considering a change in their employment.  We invited all facets of veterinary medicine including small animal, large animal, exotic animal, laboratory, emergency, critical care, and specialty medicine practices such as surgery, neurology, and ophthalmology.

    Networking Event Networking Event
    Licensed veterinary technicians are in high-demand all over the country.  Our students are required to successfully complete a 16 week preceptorship before graduation.  During this semester, the students are legally permitted to practice their skills in an established veterinary hospital under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.  The veterinary practice representatives are hopeful that our students will decide to complete their preceptorship with them and remain on board as a full-time employee.

    The students had the opportunity to ask specific questions about the prospective hospitals that would help them determine if the hospital would be a practice that shared the same values, qualities, philosophy, and goals.  In addition to the questions the students posed, the practice representatives asked the students questions that they would normally ask a prospective employee during a job interview.  This gave the students the opportunity to practice job interview skills.  The representatives provided anonymous, constructive suggestions to help improve their interviewing skills.

    Our networking event was a huge success and we received compliments from both the students and veterinary practices.  We look forward to holding this event annually in October.

  • Veterinary Technology Open House
    April 16th, 2020 from 5pm-7pm
    LA Building, Loudoun Campus
    This is a great opportunity to see our veterinary facility “in action” as the students demonstrate what they have learned in their on-campus courses. Group advising sessions with a veterinary technology faculty advisor will also be available.
  • Looking for a career in Vet Tech? Check our Vet Tech Career Center!

Veterinary Technology Scholarships

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