If your passion for animals extends to creatures both great and small, you may have a future in the rapidly expanding field as a Laboratory Animal Technician. The Veterinary Science program, with a concentration in Laboratory Animal Science, prepares students to provide essential daily care to animals used in biomedical and life science research, to support and work effectively with veterinary and research staff, and to be well-versed in ethics, guidelines, and regulations of the field. Students study the fundamental principles of biology, anatomy and physiology, animal health skills, laboratory animal technical methods, biostatistics, genetics, and much more. Students in the Laboratory Animal Science program are able to utilize the amenities provided at the Becker Veterinary Clinic, located at the Lenfest Animal Health Center.
- Students apply the principles of proper management and husbandry, breeding and reproduction, proper nutrition, and animal behavior of the variety of species used in life science research.
- Students explain current standards of regulatory oversight and veterinary care for research animals, medical and surgical equipment and practices for research endeavors, and describe techniques for assisting with these as directed by supervisors and managers.
- Students explain the use, maintenance and assessment of animal models and in vitro cellular and tissue models; control of experimental research variables and endpoints; appropriate use of data gathering instruments; and data-based decision making.
- Students communicate effectively in both written and oral forms, including presentations, in a manner appropriate for the laboratory animal care field.
- Students demonstrate decision-making, personal conduct and teamwork consistent with the professional standards of the laboratory animal care field.
- Students recognize and reflect on credible information resources in the laboratory animal field including peer reviewed publications, professional organizations’ continuing education offerings, and regulatory documents.
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.
Laboratory Animal Science Curriculum
|Fall Semester||Credits||Spring Semester||Credits|
|ANSC1003||Animal Care Management||3||ANSC1010||Animal Health Skills||3|
|BIOL1001||Biology I||4||BIOL1002||Biology II||4|
|CHEM1001||Chemistry I||4||CHEM1002||Chemistry II||4|
|CORE1001||Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm||3||COREENGL||The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems||3|
|Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective||3||MATH1200||College Algebra|
|Semester Total:||17||Semester Total:||17|
|BIOL1005||Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I||4||BIOL1006||Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II||4|
|CHEM2100||Organic Chemistry I||4||CORE3100||Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset||3|
|ENGL1003||Writing About Literature||3||PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|VTSC2000||Laboratory Animal Science||2||Humanities/ Fines Arts Elective||3|
|VTSC2005||Introduction to Laboratory Animal Health||1||Program Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||14||Semester Total:||16|
|ANSC2901*||Externship Module Ia||3||ANSC3402||Laboratory Animal Technical Methods II||4|
|ANC3C100||Animals in Society|
|ANSC3301||The Human and Animal Bond||BIOL3200||Biostatistics||3|
|ANSC3401||Laboratory Animal Technical Methods I||4||VTSC3100||Laboratory Animal Management||3|
|BIOL3003||Biological Chemistry||3||Open Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||16||Semester Total:||17|
|ANSC4700||The World of Research||3||ANSC4900||Externship Module IIa||3|
|VTSC3600||Clinical Veterinary Nutrition||3||ANSC4901||Externship Module IIb||3|
|VTSC4102||Laboratory Animal Diseases||3||ANSC4902||Externship Module IIc||3|
|Open Elective||3||Open Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||12||Semester Total:||12|
*VTSC2901 Externship to be done summer between 2nd and 3rd year.
No more than 2 program electives may be at or below the 2000 level.