Veterinary Technology A.S.

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.


AVMA Accreditation


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 VTNE120
VTNE Pass Rate71.67%

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Model professionalism, personal conduct, and autonomy consistent with the standards of the veterinary profession.

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 year.

Veterinary Technology A.S.


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I* BIOL1005 4
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 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
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems COREENGL 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
Veterinary Radiology* VTSC2001 2
Laboratory and Exotic Animals* VTSC2050 3
Veterinary Technology Capstone* VTSC2090 2
Veterinary Hematology* VTSC2101 3
Farm Animal Skills* VTSC2201 2
Practical Experience II* VTSC2904 1

Credits Total: 29

     

Special Requirements

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.