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Veterinary Technology

Becker’s AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program 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 two years allow students to complete an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and then, during the junior and senior year complete the Bachelor of Science program where 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.

Experienced faculty are engaged with students as active partners in the learning process through science-based course work in the classroom, as well as hands-on practical experiences which include the on-campus Becker Veterinary Clinic at the Lenfest Animal Health Center; field trips to shelters, large animal facilities- including the Becker Equestrian Center, and laboratories; and experiential learning opportunities in an approved research facility, private veterinary practice or veterinary teaching facility.

AVMA Accredidation


VTNE Pass Rate for Becker Graduates

Current reporting years: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2020
First-time candidates taking the VTNE.124
Three year VTNE Pass Rate Percentage78.46%

Important Notes

* Indicates courses which are part of the accredited veterinary technology core, for which a grade of C or better is required. A student will be allowed to repeat a total of two core courses. Failure to achieve a C or better in any two core courses after two attempts will result in dismissal from the Veterinary Science program.

** The hours for this externship are completed in the summer between the first and second years.

Veterinary Technology B.S.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I* BIOL1005 4
Composition and the Agile Mindset CORE ENGL 3
College Algebra* MATH1200 3
Introduction to Veterinary Technology* VTSC1050 3
Clinical Veterinary Experience I* VTSC1101 4

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II* BIOL1006 4
Chemistry I* CHEM1001 4
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Clinical Veterinary Experience II* VTSC1102 4
Veterinary Pharmacology* VTSC1200 2

Credits Total: 34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Clinical Pathology* VTSC2102 3
Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery* VTSC2500 4
Externship Module I* VTSC2900** 2
Practical Experience I* VTSC2902 1

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Exotics and Small Mammals* VTSC2050 3
Veterinary Technology Capstone* VTSC2090 2
Veterinary Radiology* VTSC2001 2
Veterinary Hematology* VTSC2101 3
Farm Animal Skills* VTSC2201 2
Practical Experience II* VTSC2904 1

Credits Total: 29

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3
Ethics Course (Preferably Animal Ethics) Ethics 3
Veterinary Science Elective (2000+) Elective 3
Veterinary Science Elective (3000+) Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Veterinary Science Elective 2000+ Elective 3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Externship Module IIIa VTSC4901 3
Externship Module IIIb VTSC4902 3
Externship Module IIIc VTSC4903 3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Senior Seminar VTSC4500 3
Veterinary Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 27

Veterinary Technology Electives

Students may choose to take any three (3) approved Veterinary Science program electives in order to complete the degree. No more than one elective may be taken at the 2000 level, all other electives must be at the 3000 level or higher.

Course NameNumberCredits
Equine Nutrition ANSC2403 3
Equine Anatomy and Physiology ANSC2701 3
Animals in Society ANSC3100 3
Advanced Livestock Management ANSC3201 3
The Human and Animal Bond ANSC3301 3
Equine Reproduction and Breeding ANSC3503 3
Developmental Biology BIOL3100 4
Primatology BIOL3201 3
Genomics BIOL3520 3
Research Methods in Science BIOL4001 3
Biotechniques BIOL4200 3
Public Speaking ENGL2003 3
Introduction to Equine Assisted Activities EQST2100 3
Equine Behavior EQST3100 3
Equine Biomechanics and Conformation EQST3701 3
Equine Pathology and Disease EQST4201 3
Equine Facilities Management EQST4500 3
Brain and Behavior PSYC2603 3
Small Animal Behavior VTSC2100 3
Veterinary Practice Management VTSC3001 3
Laboratory Animal Management VTSC3100 3
Clinical Animal Behavior VTSC3200 3
One Health: People, Animals, Plants and the Environment VTSC3210 3
Disaster Preparedness for Animals VTSC3300 3
Laboratory Animal Diseases VTSC4102 3
Companion Animal Diseases VTSC4401 3

Special Requirements

All full-and part-time Animal Care, Equine Studies, and Veterinary Science students are required to complete a Student Health Record that includes: a physical exam and immunization record. Students must also have a tuberculosis skin test, review and sign a Vet Risk Form, review and sign a Waste Anesthetic Gases Form. Students will also need to review the Rabies Vaccination recommendations and provide proof of completion of vaccine series or waive the vaccine to decline. This information is required in order to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externships. Please note, if you decline or waive the rabies pre-exposure vaccine series, it will exclude you from experiences that may have an elevated risk of exposure to the rabies virus.
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 curriculum requirements. For the health and safety of students and animals, scrubs will be required in all classes with laboratory components.

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