Veterinary Technology

Veterinary technicians are nurses for the veterinary profession. The six-semester veterinary technician program prepares students to enter a career as a veterinary technician in private veterinary practice, zoo/wildlife medicine, biomedical research, pharmaceutical sales, teaching, humane societies, raising livestock, or anywhere the health and welfare of animals is a concern. Students get their hands-on experience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Harcum College's veterinary technician program graduates are eligible to sit for Pennsylvania's state certification exam and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science exam at the assistant technician level.

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Application Requirements

  • Completed Harcum College Application
  • Official copy of high school transcript or GED transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree, unless specifically requested.
  • Official copies of all college transcripts, if applicable
  • Completion of Algebra I and II, Biology, and Chemistry with earned grades of C or higher. College courses may be substituted for any or all of these courses.
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 900 (critical reading and math scores only) or a composite score of 19 on the ACT. A college cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher is acceptable in lieu of SAT scores.
  • Letter of recommendation from employer, teacher, guidance counselor, etc.
  • Typed personal essay explaining why you chose your desired major.
  • TOEFL scores for students for whom English is a second language
  • Harcum Placement Tests: Candidates may be required to take the Harcum Placement Tests in English, math, and/or reading. The Admissions Office will notify the candidates that need to take the placement exam(s).

Essential Functions

Essential Functions represent the essential non-academic requirements of the program that are required to participate successfully in the program and become employable. It is understood that prior to beginning the Veterinary Technology Program, the student has read and fully understands these requirements. It is further understood that if it becomes apparent at any point in the program that the student does not possess the required abilities, that the student can be dismissed from the program. The following is a list of the abilities and skills applicants for admission into Veterinary Technology Program courses must possess:

  • Manual Dexterity: ability to use hand(s) or prosthetic devices with coordination, including adequate hand strength, and the ability to safely use a syringe.
  • Fine Motor: ability to manipulate small objects with fingertip or adaptive devices.
  • Mobility and Physical Strength: ability to maneuver in patient care settings and the laboratory, ability to lift 30 pounds, and ability to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Cognitive and Social: ability to make ethical and rational decisions, maintain emotional and psychological stability in stressful situations, ability to remember instructions and carry out tasks over time, to engage in face-to-face verbal conversation, make eye contact and use appropriate body language, work cooperatively with others, and accept constructive criticism from supervisors and to modify behavior accordingly.
  • Vision: ability to distinguish red, yellow, and blue colors; distinguish clear from cloudy and distinguish objects through a microscope.
  • Hearing: ability to adapt with assistive devices (i.e., phone receivers, hearing aid, etc.) including successful use of a stethoscope.
  • Speech: ability to clearly and effectively communicate verbally in English.
  • Writing: ability to clearly and effectively communicate in the written form in English.
  • Reading: ability to read, understand, and follow directions printed in English.
Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Pass rate
  July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013  July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014  July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015  3 Year Average Pass Rate 
Number of Eligible Candidates
36 40 40 116 Total Eligible Candidates
Number of First Time Test Takers 48 34 43 125 Total First Time Test Takers
VTNE Pass Rate Percentage 65% 53% 77% 66%