Pre-Veterinary Concentration

Pre-Veterinary Concentration

Do you dream of being a veterinarian someday?  The veterinary profession is an exciting and growing field with opportunities in clinical practice, biomedical research, education, public service, food safety, government, and many other areas.  Approximately 50 veterinary schools world-wide offer the four-year professional degree required to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).  Applying to DVM programs can be overwhelming because every veterinary school has different requirements and admission is highly competitive.  The pre-veterinary program at Becker College has an academically rigorous science-based curriculum designed to meet the requirements for admission to most veterinary schools.  The Becker Veterinary Clinic at the Lenfest Animal Health Center provides opportunities for gaining veterinary experience from the first day you set foot on campus.  Our advising team and seven full time veterinarians are here to guide you as you prepare your portfolio of experiences and coursework that will help you explore the veterinary profession, prepare a competitive application, and to succeed at veterinary school.

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.  For students who wish to pursue both certification as a veterinary technician and complete the minimum prerequisite coursework to apply to most veterinary schools, please speak with the Chair of the Pre-veterinary Program about the option to add a Minor in Pre-veterinary Studies to the Veterinary Technology concentration.

For more information about the veterinary profession and applying to veterinary school, visit the AVMA website  and the AAVMC website.


Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Special Requirements

All full-and part-time students are required to have 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.


Helpful Links

AAVMC Summary of Course Prerequisites

AVMA Veterinary School Admissions 101

AAVMC College Specific Requirements


Pre-veterinary Concentration Curriculum

Fall Semester CreditsSpring Semester Credits
Freshman Year
BIOL1001Biology I4BIOL1002Biology II4
CHEM1001Chemistry I4CHEM1002Chemistry II4
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3COREENGLThe New Normal:Exploring Unstructured Problems3
MATH1200College Algebra3MATH2200Statistics3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective3
Semester Total:14Semester Total:17
Sophomore Year
BIOL1005Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I

or
4BIOL1006Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II
or
4
BIOL2503Anatomy and Physiology IBIOL2504Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM2100Organic Chemistry I4CHEM2101Organic Chemistry II4
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3CORE3100Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset3
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective3
Semester Total:14Semester Total: 14
Junior Year
BIOL3500Genetics3BIOL2502Microbiology4
CHEM3003Biochemistry3BIOL3001Cell Biology3
PHYS2001Physics I4PHYS2002Physics II4
ANSC3100Animals in Society
or
3Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)3
ANSC3301The Human and Animal BondOpen Elective3
Veterinary Science Elective (2000+)3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:17
Senior Year
VTSC3401Pathophysiology of Disease3VTSC3400Immunology3
VTSC3600Clinical Veterinary Nutrition3VTSC4500Senior Seminar3
VTSC4905PVET Externship I3Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)3
VTSC4906PVET Externship II3Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Total Credits:122

Pre-Veterinary Electives

Students may choose to take any four (4) approved Veterinary Science program electives in order to complete the degree. No more than one (1) elective at the 2000 level; all other electives must be 3000 level or higher.