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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.




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.

Important Notes

* 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 Technology with Pre-Veterinary Minor


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)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I* BIOL1005 4
Composition and the Agile Mindset COREENGL 3
College Algebra* MATH1200 3
Introduction to Veterinary Technology* VTSC1050 3
Clinical Veterinary Experience I* VTSC1101 4

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II* BIOL1006 4
Chemistry I* CHEM1001 4
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Clinical Veterinary Experience II* VTSC1102 4
Veterinary Pharmacology* VTSC1200 2

Credits Total: 34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Clinical Pathology* VTSC2102 3
Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery* VTSC2500 4
Externship Module I* VTSC2900** 2
Practical Experience I* VTSC2902 1

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Chemistry II CHEM1002 4
Veterinary Radiology* VTSC2001 2
Exotics and Small Mammals* VTSC2050 3
Veterinary Technology Capstone* VTSC2090 2
Veterinary Hematology* VTSC2101 3
Farm Animal Skills* VTSC2201 2
Practical Experience II* VTSC2904 1

Credits Total: 33

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Organic Chemistry I CHEM2100 4
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Physics I PHYS2001 4
Ethics Course (Preferably Animal Ethics) Ethics 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biology II BIOL1002 4
Organic Chemistry II CHEM2101 4
Statistics MATH2200 3
Physics II PHYS2002 4
Behavioral/ Social Science Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 36

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biochemistry CHEM3003 3
Externship Module IIIa VTSC4901 3
Externship Module IIIb VTSC4902 3
Externship Module IIIc VTSC4903 3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Senior Seminar VTSC4500 3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 27

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.

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
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 Animal Care, Equine Studies, and Veterinary Science students are required to complete a Student Health Record that includes: a physical exam and immunization record. Students must also have a tuberculosis skin test, review and sign a Vet Risk Form, review and sign a Waste Anesthetic Gases Form. Students will also need to review the Rabies Vaccination recommendations and provide proof of completion of vaccine series or waive the vaccine to decline. This information is required in order to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externships. Please note, if you decline or waive the rabies pre-exposure vaccine series, it will exclude you from experiences that may have an elevated risk of exposure to the rabies virus.
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 curriculum requirements. For the health and safety of students and animals, scrubs will be required in all classes with laboratory components.

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