Students Surpass National Pass Rate on the Veterinary Technician Exam
Published on: September 10, 2019
Becker College is proud to announce an increase in its Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) pass rate. According to the annual report from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for the time period July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, the Becker pass rate for first-time candidates was 83.7%. This score is well above the national pass rate for all first-time candidates of 74.8%, and also represents an increase in Becker’s pass rate from the previous time period, which was 71.05%.
The VTNE 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, it shows commitment to the field and serves to distinguish technicians in the marketplace.
“Becker College prides itself in making our graduates career-ready, and the VTNE is an important step in the credentialing process for our veterinary technology students,” said Tara Novak, Director of Veterinary Technology programs at Becker. “The fact that our program’s pass rate far exceeds the national average is a testament to the quality of the program and the dedication of the faculty and staff, and also reflects the preparedness of our students to join the work force as soon as they graduate.”
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 & 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 & 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 & 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.