paula northropPaula J. Northrop, DVM

Professor of Veterinary Science and Staff Veterinarian
Division: Animal Science
Office Location: Russell Hall
Phone: 774.354.0672


Dr. Northrop received her bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Vermont and then spent three years as a research assistant at Yale Medical School. She continued her interest in medicine and animal health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, obtaining a Master of Science degree in Veterinary and Animal Science.  Her research interests during this time were equine infectious anemia virus, immunology, and pathology.

After graduate school she left New England to attend veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation, she practiced small animal medicine before returning to New England for an internship at a multi-doctor primary and specialty care facility where her patients included primarily dogs and cats, with some exotics.

Dr. Northrop joined Becker College in 1995 as attending and staff veterinarian and as an adjunct faculty member. In 2002, she accepted a full-time faculty position in conjunction with her continued role as staff veterinarian.

Dr. Northrop strongly believes that honesty and hard work can help you reach any goal. Teaching a variety of classes within the veterinary technology and veterinary science programs, Dr. Northrop applies this mantra about honesty and hard work to her students, guiding them to successfully achieve their own personal, academic, and professional goals.

Professional Memberships

American Veterinary Medical Association
Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association
Association of Veterinary Technician Educators
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science


  • Replication of Parainfluenza Type-3 Virus and Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Isolated Type II Alveolar Epithelial Cells, American Journal of Veterinary Research, 1991.
  • Replication of Parainfluenza (Sendai) Virus in Isolated Rat Pulmonary Type II Alveolar Epithelial Cells, American Journal of Pathology, 1989.
  • Replication of Parainfluenza Virus in Isolated Pulmonary Type II Alveolar Epithelial Cells (abstr), American FASEB J, 1988.