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Becker vet students get opportunity to work with world-famous Chincoteague Ponies

Becker vet students get opportunity to work with world-famous Chincoteague Ponies

In spring 2015, Dr. Nuno Carreiro, Becker College’s staff veterinarian, took two vet students with him to work with the Chincoteague Ponies in rural Virginia. Watch the video to find out what happened during the trip.

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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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Learn research methodologies, nutrition, ethics, and laboratory management.

Learn research methodologies, nutrition, ethics, and laboratory management.

Becker College is well-known for its animal studies programs and for graduating focused, caring professionals who have gained practical experience in their field, on campus, and around the globe.

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Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science

Concentration in Veterinary Technology

Becker College has the potential to open doors for you here in Massachusetts and throughout the country with this diverse program in veterinary science.

The Veterinary Technology concentration (previously Clinical and Laboratory Animal Medicine) 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 2 years allow students to complete an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology and then during the junior and senior year of the Bachelors program 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.  Students are also prepared to enter careers in the biomedical research field if they wish.

Experienced faculty is engaged with the students as active partners in the learning process through science-based course work, classroom, and hands-on practical experiences. Becker College is one of only a few programs nationwide that operates a working veterinary clinic on campus. The Lenfest Animal Health Center houses the College's veterinary clinic, which sees more than 1,000 patients annually. The center also has classroom space for hands on learning with both companion and laboratory animals where students complete the required essential tasks in the AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs.

Becker’s Veterinary Technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.  After completing the courses required in the associate’s degree, students are immediately eligible to take the VTNE and begin the process of becoming credentialed and work as a veterinary technician.  Students interested in obtaining their bachelors degree continue on for an additional two years of training.

Becker College has an AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited program in Veterinary Technology. AVMA accreditation requires that we share the following data about the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). The number of eligible graduates who take the VTNE is approximately half of the total graduates of the accredited program.  Although all eligible candidates are strongly encouraged to take the exam, many do not because certification is currently not required for veterinary technicians in Massachusetts.  The pass rate for Becker students taking the exam is consistent with the national average of 72%.

Current reporting years: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2017

Academic Year July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017
Eligible first-time candidates   (graduates) 254
First-time candidates taking the VTNE 36
VTNE Pass Rate 77.14%

To learn more about the Veterinary Technology Concentration in Veterinary Science, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.

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.
  • 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.

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