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.
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.
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.
Pre-veterinary Concentration Curriculum
|Fall Semester||Credits||Spring Semester||Credits|
|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|
|Semester Total:||14||Semester Total:||17|
|BIOL1005||Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I|
|4||BIOL1006||Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II|
|BIOL2503||Anatomy and Physiology I||BIOL2504||Anatomy and Physiology II|
|CHEM2100||Organic Chemistry I||4||CHEM2101||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|ENGL1003||Writing about Literature||3||CORE3100||Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset||3|
|PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3||Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||14||Semester Total:||14|
|PHYS2001||Physics I||4||PHYS2002||Physics II||4|
|ANSC3100||Animals in Society|
|3||Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)||3|
|ANSC3301||The Human and Animal Bond||Open Elective||3|
|Veterinary Science Elective (2000+)||3|
|Semester Total:||16||Semester Total:||17|
|VTSC3401||Pathophysiology of Disease||3||VTSC3400||Immunology||3|
|VTSC3600||Clinical Veterinary Nutrition||3||VTSC4500||Senior Seminar||3|
|VTSC4905||PVET Externship I||3||Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)||3|
|VTSC4906||PVET Externship II||3||Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)||3|
|Open Elective||3||Open Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||15||Semester Total:||15|
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.