What should I know about Veterinary Technology as a career?

The Veterinary Technician program has been designed to develop personnel capable of assisting veterinarians in large animal practices, small animal practices, laboratory animal situations and related veterinary medical activities. The curriculum provides a sound foundation in basic veterinary technology and promotes habits of mind that inspire students to continue their education. Through coursework, skill acquisition and meaningful clinical experiences the graduate will be a productive employee at the entry level and will have the capabilities to perform satisfactorily in positions of increasing responsibility. For more information on Veterinary Technology as a career, please

What should I know about the academic course of study for Veterinary Technology?

There is both a pre-professional and a professional course of study within the veterinary technology
program. The pre-professional part of the program is open to anyone who wishes to enroll in the pre-requisite courses required for admission. Students must either be currently enrolled in the pre-requisite courses or have taken and passed the course with a minimum of a “c” grade in orde
r to be eligible to enroll. Once admitted into the professional part of the program, the curriculum offers a combination of general education courses and professional core courses in veterinary technology. The professional courses consist of classroom learning and clinical opportunities with large, small, and exotic animals, culminating in an externship experience in a veterinary practice, research facility, or other comparable facility. Instruction will be provided by practicing veterinarians and professionals working in the field. The technical courses in the professional components of the program may be taught at a variety of locations or by distance learning methodologies such as
Moodle Rooms. Technical courses may be taught at clinical sites throughout New Jersey.

How do I apply to the program?

First you must be accepted as a student at Bergen Community College. Then you must take a series of pre-requisite courses before you will be able to apply to the professional part of the Veterinary
Technology Program.

What are the admissions requirements for this program?

A new group of students will begin the professional component of the program each year in the spring semester. Due to space limitations in clinical training, it may be necessary to select students on a competitive basis.

The minimum requirements for entrance into the professional component are:

  • Successful completion of all remediation classes, including algebra, as required as a result of BCC’s College Placement Test.
  • Successful completion of the following pre-professional courses with a grade of “C” or better:
    • Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Introductory Chemistry
    • English Composition I
    • Introduction to Veterinary Technology
    • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Submission of a letter of intent to progress in the professional component of the program.
  • Submission of an autobiography, as described below:
    Candidates for progression will be selected during the fall semester preceding entrance into the professional segment of the program. Those students who are registered for and attending some or all of the above pre-professional courses, but have not yet received a final grade, may apply for progression providing they meet all other requirements for admission. If selected, admission will be provisional pending successful completion of all pre-professional coursework.

    Students are advised that meeting the minimum requirements for progression does not guarantee a seat in the professional component. Criteria for selection includes HESI exam scores, G.P.A., past academic achievement in the sciences, number of credits already completed towards the degree, and communication skills, as demonstrated in the writing sample.

To apply for admission to the professional component of the program candidates must:

Submit unofficial transcripts (if this is not the student’s first semester), and mid-term grades by
October 1st of the year admission is sought.

Submit a 2-3 page autobiography, indicating past achievements and future career and personal goals.

Practical experience in a veterinary facility is highly recommended for admission to the Veterinary
Technology program. Students should attempt to complete 24 hours or more of observation prior to
submitting an application to the program. Proof of observation in the form of a letter signed by a
veterinarian is recommended.

In addition, consultation with practicing veterinary technicians is strongly advised.

Can I take general education courses along with my veterinary technology courses?


What is the deadline for admission?

October 1st of each year, for the Professional component of the program ONLY. Pre-requisite courses
are open to all students and are offered every semester.

How many students are admitted each year?


Do I need t o submit letters of recommendation?

Not at this time.

Is there a personal interview included in the admissions process?

Not at this time.

If I live out of county, can I apply to the program?

Yes. If you are accepted into the program, you will then be able to receive what’s known as a Chargeback. Please contact the bursar’s office for more information.

Am I able to transfer from another VT program?

You must meet with the Program Director to discuss transferable courses. All prospective students must apply to the program on October 1st.

Is there a sequence of courses that must be followed?


Can general education and science courses be transferred into the program?

Yes, but you must first meet with a transfer counselor on campus to determine which courses may be

What are the approximate expenses related to the entire program including tuition, books and fees?

Approximately $14,000

Where will I go for my clinical experience?

When you are ready to enroll in the externship course, our clinical coordinator will assist you in
determining where you will go. We have many sites from which to choose.

Are there any additional requirements related to my clinical experience?

There are two externship courses in which you must enroll. This will be done at the end, or near the end of your didactic work as a student. Externship I and Externship II. This will total 250 work hours.

Is the program accredited?


Who is the accrediting agency?

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

What are the requirements for Veterinary Technology licensure in the state of NJ?

There are currently no licensure requirements in the state of New Jersey. However, neighboring states such as New York do require licensure for practice.