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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Interested in a rewarding career as a veterinarian?

Interested in a rewarding career as a veterinarian?

Learn more about the veterinary science program with a pre-veterinary concentration at Becker.

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Receive a bachelor's degree in veterinary science.

Receive a bachelor's degree in veterinary science.

The bachelor of science in veterinary science program offers students the pre-veterinary concentration, a track to veterinary school and preparation for a career as a veterinarian.

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Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science

Pre-Veterinary Concentration

Veterinary medicine is an exciting and growing field with opportunities in clinical practice, biomedical research, education, public service, food safety, government, and many other areas.  Veterinarians promote health and welfare for animals but also enhance the lives of humans and society in doing so.  Admission to veterinary school is highly competitive, and the pre-veterinary curriculum was redesigned to help our students desiring a career as veterinarians to reach their goals.  In addition to veterinary school, pre-veterinary students may consider an array of graduate studies in the health and life science professions or may pursue employment in a biomedical research entry-level position directly after graduation.

Veterinary schools seek applicants that demonstrate the ability to handle a rigorous academic course load, who have had extensive experience in the veterinary field, and demonstrate personal characteristics that will make them a positive addition to the veterinary profession.    Becker’s pre-veterinary curriculum allows students to pursue higher level science courses to explore their interests and prepare for graduate studies.  Four hundred hours of externship hours are required of all pre-veterinary graduates, but other volunteer and work experience is strongly recommended prior to the formal externship to prepare for applications and explore the profession.  Becker’s faculty and staff has seven full-time veterinarians with diverse interests and a small animal clinic offering ample opportunities for mentorship and co-curricular learning opportunities from day one.  Becker graduates will stand out among their peers with general education at Becker College centered around the Agile Mindset.  Empathy, divergent thinking, an entrepreneurial outlook and social and emotional intelligence are 4 uniquely human skills that graduate schools and employers find desirable and essential to be leaders in the world today.

The path to becoming a veterinarian is long and challenging, but it opens doors to a lifetime of career options.  Becker’s advising group and veterinary faculty are here to help guide you towards your achieving your goal.   Please note the curriculum satisfies the necessary prerequisites to apply to MOST veterinary schools.  Students are encouraged to check each individual school’s requirements early in their curriculum to plan for any alternative courses that may be needed.

To learn more about the Becker College pre-veterinary program, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.

Program Purpose:

To provide a challenging science-based curriculum and foster opportunities for career exploration that satisfy entrance requirements for most veterinary schools and prepares graduates for careers and/or graduate studies in the health science professions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

In addition to college-wide learning outcomes for the degree, graduates from the Becker College pre-veterinary program will be able to:

  • Accurately and effectively explain scientific information to individuals and groups within the biomedical profession as well as those without significant scientific training.
  • Define and correctly utilize scientific terminology essential for communications and further study within the health science professions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics essential for further study in veterinary medicine and/or other health science graduate programs.
  • Apply quantitative and critical thinking skills, and an understanding of scientific method to identify and critically evaluate scientific literature.
  • Utilize ethical principles to identify and solve problems within veterinary and health sciences field and apply such knowledge to practical experiences in research and/or clinical settings.
  • Compare career paths within the veterinary or health science professions and evaluate their career goals within these fields.

(Note:  This revised pre-veterinary curriculum has been offered at Becker College since the Fall semester of 2016.  Prior to January 2017, students had the option to enroll in a combined veterinary technician/pre-veterinary program.  For the learning outcomes and curriculum of the pre-veterinary program offered to entering students prior to January 2017, please follow this link).

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.

How Do I Get Into Veterinary School?

Helpful links:

AVMA Vet School Admissions 101

AAVMC Summary of Course Prerequisites

AAVMC College Specific Requirements

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