Becker’s AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program provides students with a broad view of veterinary medicine and offers the flexibility to enter the workforce in a variety of different animal related careers. Completing an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology allows students to sit for the VTNE upon graduation. While studying Veterinary Technology an emphasis is placed on building a solid base of knowledge and advanced nursing skills related to nutrition, animal husbandry, zoonotic diseases, and preventive medicine in companion and non-companion animals.
Experienced faculty are engaged with students as active partners in the learning process through science-based course work in the classroom, as well as hands-on practical experiences which include the on-campus Becker Veterinary Clinic at the Lenfest Animal Health Center; field trips to shelters, large animal facilities, and laboratories; and experiential learning opportunities in an approved research facility, private veterinary practice, or veterinary teaching facility.
VTNE pass rate for Becker Graduates
VTNE Pass Rate for Becker Graduates
|Current reporting years:||July 1, 2015-June 30, 2018|
|Eligible first-time candidates (graduates)||210|
|First-time candidates taking the VTNE||120|
|VTNE Pass Rate||71.67%|
- Accurately and effectively explain medical information to individuals and groups within the veterinary profession, as well as those without significant medical training.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in the essential and recommended skills task list developed by the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE).
- Appropriately examine, interpret, and compose medical documentation.
- Utilize mathematical calculations in the treatment and care of patients.
- Exhibit professionalism, personal conduct, and autonomy consistent with the standards of the veterinary profession.
All full and part-time students are required to demonstrate 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.
A.S. Veterinary Technology Curriculum
|Fall Semester||Course||Credits||Spring Semester||Course||Credits|
|VTSC1101||Clinical Veterinary Experience I*||4||VTSC1102||Clinical Veterinary Experience II*||4|
|BIOL1005||Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I*||4||BIOL1006||Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II*||4|
|CORE1001||Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm||3||CHEM1001||Chemistry I*||4|
|MATH1200||College Algebra*||3||COREENGL||The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems||3|
|VTSC1XXX||Introduction to Veterinary Technology||3||VTSC1200||Veterinary Pharmacology*||2|
|Semester Total:||17||Semester Total:||17|
|Fall Semseter||Credits||Spring Semster||Credits|
|ENGL1003||Writing About Literature||3||VTSC2XXX||Laboratory and Exotic Animals*||3|
|VTSC2102||Clinical Pathology*||3||VTSC2001||Veterinary Radiology*||2|
|VTSC2500||Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery*||4||VTSC2101||Veterinary Hematology*||3|
|VTSC2900**||Externship Module I*||2||VTSC2201||Farm Animal Skills*||2|
|VTSC2902||Practical Experience I*||1||VTSC2904||Practical Experience II*||1|
|PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3||VTSC2XXX||Veterinary Technology Capstone*||2|
|Semester Total:||16||Semester Total:||13|
* 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 year.