Veterinary Technology (VTE)


Math Proficiency

Competency for admission may be met by placing into MAT162. Consult the specific program requirements or attend an information session for additional information.

Science Requirement

The biology requirement may be met by completion or transfer of an equivalent course to BIO 109 Biology I or BIO 113 Life Science for Allied Health (formerly BIO 099) with a grade of C+ or better, completed no more than ten years prior to the program’s application deadline.  High school courses may meet the biology requirement and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Alternatively, the biology requirement may be met through a competency test. Please note, this fulfills the science requirement for Admissions purposes only; not meant to satisfy pre-requisite requirements for individual courses within the degree.

English Requirement

Students are required to take the College Placement Test (CPT) and place into English 101.  Information about the content of the College Placement Test (CPT) and how to review for the test can be found at MWCC Testing Services. Students may also call 978-630-9244 for this information. Students with a documented disability who need accommodations should contact the Coordinator of Disability Services at 978-630-9330 before scheduling a placement test.

Applicants must submit the following to the Admissions Office:

  • A completed Veterinary Technology admission application (available through the MWCC Admissions Office).
  • Satisfaction of high school diploma or equivalency requirement as described in the college's general admissions requirements.
  • Documentation demonstrating that all minimum requirements for consideration have been met.
  • Official transcripts of all college-level courses completed at colleges other than MWCC. Transfer credits for education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated and translated for equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies may be found at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable.

Special Program Requirements for VTE

Please note that the following information must be received immediately after acceptance to the Veterinary Technology program and before courses begin:

  • Health examination conducted within the past two years by a licensed health care provider.
  • Proof of current immunizations (Pertussis (Tdap), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Hepatitis B: Series of 3, Chicken Pox: Series of 2, or a history of infection) must be provided to the Health Services Office. Contact the Health Services Offices at 978-630-9136.
  • Liability Insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage is required. Students will be covered under the college’s liability insurance policy, which will be billed through student fees.
  • CPR Certification (Healthcare Provider) is required. A certificate of completion must be presented to the Department Chair prior to start of VTE externships.
  • All students must participate in the Massachusetts Community College Health Insurance Plan or provide accurate information regarding comparable coverage.
  • The rabies vaccine is not required of MWCC’s VTE students. However, a rabies infection is extremely serious, if not deadly. For this reason, all MWCC VTE students are encouraged to receive the rabies vaccination series.


CORI/SORI Policy for VTE

Compliance with licensure laws in the state of Massachusetts requires all applicants to furnish satisfactory proof of “good moral character” (M.G.L. Chapter 112, Sections 74 and 74A). Students will be required to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check. It must be understood that a conviction in a court of law may prevent students from being placed in a clinical agency. This then will not allow successful completion of the Veterinary Technology program. In addition, it will delay and may prohibit eligibility to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).

Individuals requiring CORI checks must also have Sexual Offender Records Information (SORI) checks completed as well, consistent with current Commonwealth of Massachusetts law MGLC 178-C-178P. Record storage and usage will be in compliance with college procedures depending on the result of a CORI or SORI check, as a person’s eligibility in the program may be affected.

Please contact the MWCC Office of Admissions at 978-630-9110 or at for more information, to obtain an application, or to attend an information session for the Veterinary Technology program.