Veterinary Technology

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. The first two years allow students to complete an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and then, during the junior and senior year complete the Bachelor of Science program where 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- including the Becker Equestrian Center, and laboratories; and experiential learning opportunities in an approved research facility, private veterinary practice or veterinary teaching facility.


AVMA Accredidation

VTNE pass rate for Becker Graduates

VTNE Pass Rate for Becker Graduates

Current reporting years: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2017 
Academic YearJuly 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018
Eligible first-time candidates (graduates)210
First-time candidates taking the VTNE120
VTNE Pass Rate71.67%

Learning Objectives

  • Accurately and effectively explain medical information to individuals and groups within the veterinary profession, as well as those without significant medical training.
  • Students 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.

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.


B.S. Veterinary Technology Curriculum

Fall Semester CreditsSpring Semester Credits
Freshman Year
VTSC1101Clinical Veterinary Experience I*4VTSC1102Clinical Veterinary Experience II*4
BIOL1005Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I*4BIOL1006Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II*4
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3CHEM1001 Chemistry I*4
MATH1200College Algebra*3COREENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems 3
VTSC1XXXIntroduction to Veterinary Technology3VTSC1200Veterinary Pharmacology*2
Semester Total:17Semester Total:17
Sophomore Year
VTSC2102Clinical Pathology*3VTSC2XXXLaboratory and Exotic Animals3
VTSC2500Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery*4VTSC2001Veterinary Radiology*2
VTSC2900**Externship Module I*2VTSC2101Veterinary Hematology*3
VTSC2902Practical Experience I*1VTSC2201Farm Animal Skills*2
ENGL1003Writing About Literature3VTSC2904Practical Experience II*1
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3VTSC2xxxVeterinary Technology Capstone2
Semester Total:16Semester Total:13
Junior Year
CORE3100Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset3Behavioral/ Social Science Elective3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective3Veterinary Science Elective 2000+3
Ethics Course (preferably animal ethics)3Veterinary Science Elective 3000+3
Veterinary Science Elective 2000+3Open Elective3
Veterinary Science 3000+3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Senior Year
VTSC4901Externship Module IIIa3VTSC4500Senior Seminar3
VTSC4902Externship Module IIIb3Veterinary Science Elective 3000+3
VTSC4903Externship Module IIIc3Open Elective3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+3 Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:12Semester Total:15
Total Credits:120

* 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 core courses. Failure to achieve a C or better in any two 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 Electives

Students may choose to take any three (3) approved Veterinary Science program electives in order to complete the degree. No more than one elective may be taken at the 2000 level, all other electives must be at the 3000 level or higher