View our infographic, 5 paths you can take after studying animals in college.

View our infographic, 5 paths you can take after studying animals in college.

If you dream of one day working with animals, learn about five of your career options in the animal studies field.

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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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Open to the Public

Open to the Public

The Becker College Veterinary Clinic, in the Lenfest Animal Health Center, is open to the public.

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Becker College Celebrates Veterinary Technicians Week October 15-20, 2012

Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology

As veterinarians strive to meet the growing demand for high-quality care of companion animals and animals in other industries, well-qualified veterinary technologists will find a wide range of employment opportunities. Becker College graduates can expect to find employment in a number of industries, including veterinary practices, research and academic institutions, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, and zoos.

The Becker College veterinary technology program provides students with knowledge of applied science and specialized training in animal health, care, and management. The program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.

Students engage in classroom learning and gain hands-on experience at the College's Lenfest Animal Center. This facility houses the College's veterinary clinic, which sees hundreds of patients annually. In addition, field trips to shelters and large animal facilities and an externship experience in an approved research facility, private veterinary practice, or veterinary teaching facility fully develop each student's knowledge and potential. Upon graduation, students are immediately eligible to begin the process of becoming credentialed in clinical practice and/or research.

Becker College is an AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited school. AVMA accreditation requires that we share the following data about the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). The number of eligible graduates who take the VTNE is approximately half of the total graduates of the accredited program. Because certification is currently not required for veterinary technicians in Massachusetts, and despite encouraging all eligible candidates to take the exam, many do not. Of those taking the exam the pass rate is in line with the national average (National Average 72%).

Current reporting years: July 1-June 30, 2012-2015

Academic Year 2014/2015 2013/2014 2012/2013
Eligible first-time candidates   (graduates) 62 67 66
First-time candidates taking the VTNE 36 31 34
VTNE Pass Rate 72% 68% 68%

To learn more about the Becker College veterinary technology program, call 877.523.2537 or email


The mission of the Becker College veterinary technology program is to provide a learning environment for students to acquire the knowledge, technical skills, and empathy necessary to contribute to a dynamic veterinary field in our global society.

Our students are prepared to alleviate animal suffering through compassionate care in a professional and ethical manner and to promote public health through social responsibility.

Our program provides the foundation for mentoring, leadership, and life-long learning within the veterinary medical profession.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate proficiency in the motor, critical thinking, and clinical application skills as outline 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.

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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