Fear Free Animal Lab for Veterinary Technology
The Norwalk Community College Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree Program launched in the fall of 2014. The program is designed to respond to the significant industry shortage of veterinary technicians and to provide immediate professional and continued educational opportunities for graduates. Students will be prepared to work in veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, farms, zoos, pharmaceutical companies, and industry and research laboratories. In September 2016, NCC’s Veterinary Technology Program received accreditation from The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA).
The two-year accredited program graduated its first class of seven students this past spring and seven more this summer. Our students received multiple job offers prior to graduation and are working in our local community. Currently, there are twenty-eight students enrolled in the program, with the potential to grow to full enrollment of forty-eight students.
Eligibility for Veterinary Technology requires completion of prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and basic computing skills. The program requires 70 credits, plus 240 hours of clinical externship experience. Current students fulfill their hands-on experience at veterinary hospitals. Students have participated in thirty-five veterinary facilities in the area in clinical partnerships, including the VCA Referral and Emergency Centers of Norwalk and Shelton, Fairfield Equine Associates, South Wilton Veterinary Group and Yale Animal Resource Center.
Work will soon begin to retrofit a classroom as a dedicated Veterinary Technology Live Animal Lab that will be FearFree® and meet AVMA-CVTEA accreditation standards. Students will be able to gain additional hands-on experience with live animals – animals that belong to students, faculty, staff and local shelters that will visit NCC for the day.