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.
VTNE pass rate for Becker Graduates
VTNE Pass Rate for Becker Graduates
|Current reporting years: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2017|
|Academic Year||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 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.
B.S. Veterinary Technology Curriculum
|Fall Semester||Credits||Spring Semester||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|
|CHEM1001||Chemistry I*||4||CHEM1002||Chemistry II*||4|
|CORE1001||Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm||3||COREENGL||The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems||3|
|MATH1200||College Algebra*||3||VTSC1200||Veterinary Pharmacology*||2|
|Semester Total:||18||Semester Total:||17|
|VTSC2102||Clinical Pathology*||3||VTSC2000||Laboratory Animal Science*||2|
|VTSC2500||Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery*||4||VTSC2001||Veterinary Radiology*||2|
|VTSC2900**||Externship Module I*||2||VTSC2101||Veterinary Hematology*||3|
|VTSC2902||Practical Experience I*||1||VTSC2201||Farm Animal Skills*||2|
|ENGL1003||Writing About Literature||3||VTSC2904||Practical Experience II*||1|
|PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|CORE3100||Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset||3|
|Semester Total:||13||Semester Total:||16|
|BIOL2502||Microbiology||4||VTSC3200||Clinical Animal Behavior||3|
|BIOL3003||Biological Chemistry||3||Veterinary Science Elective (2000+)||3|
|ANSC3100||Animals in Society |
|ANSC3301||The Human and Animal Bond||Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective||3|
|VTSC3401||Pathophysiology of Disease||3|
|Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||16||Semester Total:||12|
|VTSC3600||Clinical Veterinary Nutrition||3||VTSC4901||Externship Module IIIa||3|
|Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)||3||VTSC4902||Externship Module IIIb|
or Open Elective
|Open Elective||3||VTSC4903||Externship Module IIIc |
Or Open Elective
|Open Elective||3||Veterinary Science Elective (3000+)||3|
|Semester Total:||15||Semester Total:||15|
* 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.
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