Laboratory Animal Science

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.


Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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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.


Laboratory Animal Science Curriculum

Fall SemesterCourse NameCreditsSpring SemesterCourse NameCredits
Freshman Year
ANSC1003Animal Care Management3ANSC1010Animal Health Skills 3
BIOL1001Biology I4BIOL1002Biology II4
CHEM1001Chemistry I4CHEM1002Chemistry II4
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3COREENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective3MATH1200
College Algebra
or higher
3
Semester Total:17Semester Total:17
Sophomore Year
BIOL1005Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I4BIOL1006Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II4
CHEM2100Organic Chemistry I4CORE3100Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset3
ENGL1003Writing About Literature3PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3
VTSC2000Laboratory Animal Science2Humanities/ Fines Arts Elective3
VTSC2005Introduction to Laboratory Animal Health1Program Elective3
Semester Total:14Semester Total:16
Junior Year
ANSC2901*Externship Module Ia3ANSC3402Laboratory Animal Technical Methods II4
ANC3C100Animals in Society
Or
3BIOL2502Microbiology4
ANSC3301The Human and Animal BondBIOL3200Biostatistics3
ANSC3401Laboratory Animal Technical Methods I4VTSC3100Laboratory Animal Management3
BIOL3003Biological Chemistry3Open Elective3
BIOL3500Genetics3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:17
Senior Year
ANSC4700The World of Research3ANSC4900Externship Module IIa3
VTSC3600Clinical Veterinary Nutrition3ANSC4901Externship Module IIb3
VTSC4102Laboratory Animal Diseases3ANSC4902Externship Module IIc3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Semester Total:12Semester Total:12
Total Credits:121

*VTSC2901 Externship to be done summer between 2nd and 3rd year.


Laboratory Animal Science Electives

No more than 2 program electives may be at or below the 2000 level.