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 (AVMA), Harcum College's veterinary technology program graduates are eligible to sit for Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), and upon completion of six months of employment in a laboratory setting, 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).

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Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Pass rate
  July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016
Number of Eligible First-Time Candidates
125
Number of First Time Candidates that have taken the VTNE 117
Three-year VTNE Pass Rate Percentage 66%