Contribute to research that has the power to create medical breakthroughs and save lives.

Contribute to research that has the power to create medical breakthroughs and save lives.

Learn more about the Veterinary Science Laboratory Animal Management program at Becker College.

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Becker recently established its first endowed chair, the Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences.

Becker recently established its first endowed chair, the Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences.

Funding for the Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences was provided by a grant from the Allerton Foundation to further enhance Becker's reputation as a national leader in undergraduate animal health education.

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Rachel Weidele '11, Veterinary Science

Rachel Weidele '11, Veterinary Science

For Rachel, a trip to the Mazunte Turtle Project in Oaxaca, Mexico, through the Becker College Animal Science Program was "life changing."

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Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science

Concentration in Laboratory Animal Science

Driven by the rapidly growing biomedical industry, the field of laboratory animal science offers a wealth of employment opportunities for talented and trained individuals in hospitals, colleges and universities, research institutes, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms. Nationally the field is expected to grow faster than the average through 2016.

This program educates students about the importance of handling laboratory animals with care, minimizing variables that could skew research data, and understanding federal research animal regulations. Students learn not only through textbooks, but also at the College's Lenfest Animal Health Center, through field trips to shelters, and in externships/practicums at approved research facilities. Students also receive training in non-human primate and non-primate laboratory animals, research methodologies, nutrition, ethics, and laboratory management.

Experienced faculty engage with students as active partners in the learning process through science-based course work, classroom, and hands-on practical experiences. Becker’s modern, on-campus veterinary clinic with its laboratory animal rooms, combined with externships and practicums, provide students with valuable clinical training that prepare them to step into positions of responsibility within the biomedical research profession.

To learn more about the Becker College laboratory animal management program, call 877.523.2537 or email

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will apply the principles of proper management and husbandry, breeding and reproduction, proper nutrition, and animal behavior of the variety of species used in life science research.
  • Students will explain current standards of regulatory oversight and veterinary care for research animals, medical and surgical equipment and practices for research endeavors, and describe techniques for assisting with these as directed by supervisors and managers.
  • Students will explain the use, maintenance and assessment of animal models and in vitro cellular and tissue models; control of experimental research variables and endpoints; appropriate use of data gathering instruments; and data-based decision making.
  • Students will communicate effectively in both written and oral forms, including presentations, in a manner appropriate for the laboratory animal care field.
  • Students will demonstrate decision-making, personal conduct and teamwork consistent with the professional standards of the laboratory animal care field.
  • Students will recognize and reflect on credible information resources in the laboratory animal field including peer reviewed publications, professional organizations’ continuing education offerings, and regulatory documents.

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.

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