Becker College Students Excel On Veterinary Technician Exam
Published on: February 8, 2019
Becker College is pleased to announce an 88% pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), well exceeding the national average of 60% for the November to December test period. The exam focuses on nine skill areas including animal care and nursing, emergency medicine and critical care, pain management and analgesia, dentistry, and pharmacology. While passing the VTNE is not a requirement in all states to practice, it shows a considerable commitment to the field and serves to distinguish technicians in the marketplace.
“This high level of achievement is a tribute to the hard work of our vet tech students and their passion for taking care of animals,” said Tara Novak, Director of Veterinary Technology programs at Becker. “Having the VTNE credential proves that the student doesn’t just know how to administer care, but understands the reasons why the particular care was given. That makes them an invaluable resource in a clinic or animal care practice.”
As one of only two private colleges in New England to offer an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited undergraduate program in veterinary technology, Becker College’s School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in the field, as well as associate and bachelor’s degrees in other areas of animal health and care, and scientific study. Veterinary technicians work on the front-lines of animal care, undergoing rigorous training to deliver emergency and primary care to animals among a team of providers.
“We strive to provide the best animal care education at Becker,” said Dr. Julie Bailey, Dean of the School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences and Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences. “The fact that our students did so well shows our classroom and clinical teaching methods are working and that our students are dedicated to delivering quality care.”
Students enrolled in majors offered through the School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences are given the opportunity to complete externships that provide hands-on learning opportunities in their chosen field of study. Becker students have access to more than 350 different externship locations, including animal shelters, clinics, research facilities, and zoos.