Veterinary Technology with Pre-Veterinary Minor

Becker College is proud to launch a new offering from the School of Animal Studies & Natural Sciences. We will now be offering a Veterinary Technology Major with a minor in Pre-Veterinary Science. This will allow students the opportunity to have ‘hands-on’ animal experience with Veterinary Technology courses held at the Becker Veterinary Clinic at the Lenfest Animal Health Center, the ability to sit for the VTNE, and to complete the necessary course load to be prepared for the opportunity to submit applications to veterinary school.

Minor in Pre-Veterinary Studies
Open to students in the Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology Concentration program beginning in catalog year 2017. *



Course: Course Name: Credits:
Major Requirements:taken as open electives
BIOL1001Biology I4 credits
BIOL1002Biology II4 credits
MATH2200Statistics3 credits
(in place of BIOL3003)
Biochemistry3 credits
Minor Requirements:
PHYS2001Physics I4 credits
PHYS2002Physics II4 credits
CHEM2100Organic Chemistry I4 credits
CHEM2101Organic Chemistry II4 credits

Three (3) 3000+ Vet science electives (These will concurrently fulfill the one (1) 2000+ vet sci elective and two (2) 3000+ vet sci electives required in BS.VTEC major)

Students in other majors interested in applying to veterinary school who would like to explore the possibility of adding a minor in order to complete the requirements should speak to the Dean of the School of Animal Studies or the Pre-veterinary Chair.

Curriculum Sequence for Veterinary Technology B.S. with Minor in Pre-veterinary Studies

Fall Semester CourseCreditsSpring Semester CourseCredits
Freshmen Year
BIOL1005Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I *4BIOL1006Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II*4
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3CHEM1001Chemistry I *4
MATH1200College Algebra*
(or higher level math)
3COREENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
VTSC1101Clinical Veterinary Experience I *4VTSC1102Clinical Veterinary Experience II*4
VTSC1XXXIntroduction to Veterinary Technology3VTSC1200Veterinary Pharmacology *2
Semester Total:17Semester Total:17
Sophomore Year
ENGL1003Writing About Literature3CHEM1002Chemistry II*
(replaces an Open Elective from senior fall)
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3VTSC2XXXLaboratory and Exotic Animals*3
VTSC2102Clinical Pathology*3VTSC2001Veterinary Radiology*2
VTSC2500Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery*4VTSC2101Veterinary Hematology*3
VTSC2900**Externship Module I*2VTSC2201Farm Animal Skills*2
VTSC2902Practical Experience I*1VTSC2904Practical Experience II*1
VTSC2XXXVeterinary Technology Capstone*2
Semester Total: 16Semester Total:17
Junior Year
BIOL1001Biology I
(in place of Open Elective)
4BIOL1002Biology II
(as open elective)
CHEM2100Organic Chemistry I
(in place of Veterinary Science Elective 2000+)
4CHEM2101Organic Chemistry II
(in place of Veterinary Science Elective 2000+)
CORE3100Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset3MATH2200Statistics
(extra course)
PHYS2001Physics I
(in place of Open Elective)
4PHYS2002Physics II4
Ethics Course
(Preferably Animal Ethics)
3Behavioral/ Social Science Elective3
Semester Total:18Semester Total:18
Senior Year
(in place of Veterinary Science Elective 3000+)
3VTSC4500Senior Seminar3
VTSC4901Externship Module IIIa3Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)3
VTSC4902Externship Module IIIb3Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)3
VTSC4903Externship Module IIIC3Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:12
Total Credits:130

* Indicates courses which are part of the accredited veterinary technology core, for which a grade of C or better is required. A student will be allowed to repeat a total of two veterinary technology core courses. Failure to achieve a C or better in any two veterinary technology core courses after two attempts will result in dismissal from the Veterinary Science program.

** The hours for this externship are completed in the summer between the first and second years.

Veterinary Science Electives

Students may choose to take any six (6) approved Veterinary Science program electives in order to complete the degree. No more than two electives may be taken at the 2000 level, all other electives must be at the 3000 level or higher.

The College is observing summer hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4 pm.