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Becker vet students get opportunity to work with world-famous Chincoteague Ponies

Becker vet students get opportunity to work with world-famous Chincoteague Ponies

In spring 2015, Dr. Nuno Carreiro, Becker College’s staff veterinarian, took two vet students with him to work with the Chincoteague Ponies in rural Virginia. Watch the video to find out what happened during the trip.

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Rachel Weidele '11, Veterinary Science

Rachel Weidele '11, Veterinary Science

For Rachel, a trip to the Mazunte Turtle Project in Oaxaca, Mexico through the Becker College animal science program was "life changing."

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Learn research methodologies, nutrition, ethics, and laboratory management.

Learn research methodologies, nutrition, ethics, and laboratory management.

Becker College is well-known for its animal studies programs and for graduating focused, caring professionals who have gained practical experience in their field, on campus, and around the globe.

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Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Sciences

Concentration in Clinical and Laboratory Animal Medicine

Becker College has the potential to open doors for you here in Massachusetts and throughout the country with this diverse program in veterinary science.

The clinical and laboratory animal medicine concentration provides students with a broad view of veterinary medicine and offers the flexibility to enter the workforce in a variety of different animal settings. Emphasis is placed on building a solid base of knowledge on biomedical technologies, advanced diagnostic procedures, and nursing skills related to nutrition, animal husbandry, zoonotic diseases, and preventive medicine in traditional and non-traditional companion animals.

Experienced faculty engage with students as an active partner in the learning process through science-based course work, classroom, and hands-on practical experiences. Becker College is one of only a few programs nationwide that operates a working animal clinic on campus. The Lenfest Animal Health Center houses the College's veterinary clinic, which sees more than 1,000 patients annually. The center also provides teaching facilities for laboratory animals and laboratories for all required skills for animal care and veterinary technology students.

To learn more about the clinical and laboratory medicine concentration in veterinary science, call 877.523.2537 or email

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate proficiency in the motor, critical thinking, and clinical application skills as outlined in the essential and recommended skills task list developed by the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE).

Students will demonstrate written and oral communication skills appropriate for the veterinary technology profession.

Students will demonstrate decision-making and personal conduct consistent with the professional standards of the veterinary technology profession.

Students will demonstrate appropriate decision making with regard to animal care and treatment.

Students will demonstrate knowledge/application of the scientific method incorporating critical thinking skills, appropriate use of instruments and equipment, mathematical applications, data-based decision making, and scientific literacy appropriate for veterinary science profession.

Students will demonstrate discipline-specific skills and knowledge for entry into the workforce or education at the post-graduate level.

Special Requirements:

All full and part-time students are required to demonstrate proof of medical insurance, a tetanus booster within the last ten (10) years, and a tuberculosis test within one (1) year to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externship. Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis immunization is highly recommended. Students are required to either show proof of rabies immunization or sign a declination form. Students must be able to lift 50 pounds and be able to demonstrate the physical capabilities to work closely and safely with animals of all sizes. Students with limitations to movement, sight or hearing may find it difficult to meet all course requirements. For the health and safety of students appropriate attire will be addressed in all classes with laboratories.

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