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.

 

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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.

Helpful Links

AAVMC Summary of Course Prerequsites

AVMA Veterinary School Admissions 101 

AAVMC College Specific Requirements

Pre-Veterinary Concentration


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Chemistry I CHEM1001 4
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
College Algebra MATH1200 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biology II BIOL1002 4
Chemistry II CHEM1002 4
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems COREENGL 3
Statistics MATH2200 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I OR Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL1005 OR BIOL2503 4
Organic Chemistry I CHEM2100 4
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II OR Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL1006 OR BIOL2504 4
Organic Chemistry II CHEM2101 4
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective 3

Credits Total: 28

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Animals in Society OR The Human and Animal Bond ANSC3100 OR ANSC3301 3
Genetics BIOL3500 3
Biochemistry CHEM3003 3
Physics I PHYS2001 4
Veterinary Science Elective 2000+ Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Microbiology BIOL2502 4
Cell Biology BIOL3001 3
Physics II PHYS2002 4
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 33

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Pathophysiology of Disease VTSC3401 3
PVET Externship I VTSC4905 3
PVET Externship II OR Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ OR Biology Elective 3000+ VTSC4906 OR Veterinary Science Elective OR Biology Elective 3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Immunology VTSC3400 3
Clinical Veterinary Nutrition VTSC3600 3
Senior Seminar VTSC4500 3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

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.


Course NameNumberCredits
Equine Nutrition ANSC2403 3
Equine Anatomy and Physiology ANSC2701 3
Animals in Society ANSC3100 3
Advanced Livestock Management ANSC3201 3
The Human and Animal Bond ANSC3301 3
Equine Reproduction and Breeding ANSC3503 3
Developmental Biology BIOL3100 4
Primatology BIOL3201 3
Genomics BIOL3520 3
Research Methods in Science BIOL4001 3
Biotechniques BIOL4200 3
Public Speaking ENGL2003 3
Introduction to Equine Assisted Activities EQST2100 3
Equine Behavior EQST3100 3
Equine Biomechanics and Conformation EQST3701 3
Equine Pathology and Disease EQST4201 3
Equine Facilities Management EQST4500 3
Brain and Behavior PSYC2603 3
Small Animal Behavior VTSC2100 3
Veterinary Practice Management VTSC3001 3
Laboratory Animal Management VTSC3100 3
Clinical Animal Behavior VTSC3200 3
One Health: People, Animals, Plants and the Environment VTSC3210 3
Disaster Preparedness for Animals VTSC3300 3
Laboratory Animal Diseases VTSC4102 3
Companion Animal Diseases VTSC4401 3

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.