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  • B.S. in Veterinary Technology with Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine

    Specialized preparation and training for veterinary school
    Get unparalleled preparation for veterinary school and a rewarding career in veterinary medicine.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Veterinary Technology with Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Veterinary Technology 60 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Veterinary Technology with a specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine must complete:

Major Concentration

  • VETC 101 Intro Veterinary Science
  • VETC 256 Anatomy of Dom Animals Lec
  • VETC 256A Anatomy Dom Animals Lab
  • VETC 258 Animal Handling and Restraint
  • VETC 300 Physiology of Domestic Animals
  • VETC 306 Clinical Laboratory Techniques and Analysis
  • VETC 306A Clinical Laboratory Techniques Laboratory
  • VETC 320 Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • VETC 341 Small Animal Diseases: A Case Based Approach
  • VETC 350 Applied Clinical Veterinary Nursing
  • VETC 350A Applied Clinical Veterinary Nursing Laboratory
  • VETC 495 Externship I

and the following general education and related courses:

  • BIOL 160* General Biology I Lecture
  • BIOL 160A* General Biology I Lab
  • BIOL 161* General Biology II Lecture
  • BIOL 161A* General Biology II Lab
  • BIOL 265* Microbiology Lecture
  • BIOL 265A* Microbiology Lab
  • CHEM 160* General Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM 160A* General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 161* General Chem II Lecture
  • CHEM 161A* General Chem II Lab
  • CHEM 260 Organic Chem I Lecture
  • CHEM 260A Organic Chem I Lab
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chem II Lecture
  • CHEM 261A Organic Chem II Lab
  • CHEM 354 Biochemistry
  • BIOL 360 Genetics
  • PHYS 160* General Physics I
  • PHYS 161 General Physics II
  • MATH 116* College Algebra
  • MATH 201 Precalculus

*Students must complete these courses as part of their General Education Requirements.

There is a 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of veterinary technology. 

The recommended course sequence can be found in the Veterinary Technology Program Student Handbook.

Students in the Veterinary Technology Program with a Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine must earn a minimum grade of B or better in all natural science and veterinary technology courses, ENGL 111 Written English and Literary Studies I, MATH 116 College Algebra and MATH 201 Pre-Calculus. The student must maintain a 3.2 cumulative index in natural science and veterinary technology courses for admittance into clinical courses. Recommendations and/or evaluations will not be considered for pre-veterinary medicine majors with a minimum cumulative index of less than 3.2 in veterinary technology and natural science courses.

Students enrolled in the undecided pre-veterinary technology major, undecided pre-veterinary medicine major, veterinary technology major of the veterary technology major with pre-veterinary specialization may not repeat a course required in the curriculum more than once. Any student who earns a B- or below in a course required in the curriculum must repeat the course the next semester it is offered in order to progress to any course for which it is a prerequisite.

Veterinary Technology courses within the Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum are not offered in the summer semester.

Students who receive an unsatisfactory evaluation in any category, including but not limited to professional and ethical behavior, or required skill in clinical courses VETC 341, VETC 350, VETC 350A, VETC 360, VETC 375, VETC 495, VETC 496, or who are dismissed from any externship site, will receive an "F" in the course and will have their records reviewed by the Veterinary Technology faculty. The faculty will determine if the student will be given the opportunity to repeat the experience in a future semester, and/or be placed on probation, or be dismissed by the Program.

Students enrolled in the undecided - veterinary technology, undecided - pre-veterinary medicine, veterinary technology major or the veterinary technology major with the pre-veterinary medicine specialization programs are fully responsible for compliance with all requirements, policies and procedures contained in the Technology Program Student Handbook.

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Specialization major concentration is not accredited by the AVMA-CVTEA. Students that graduate in this major will not be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

Veterinary Technology Student Essential Skills

The Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has issued a list of essential skills that must be satisfactorily accomplished and decision-making abilities that must be adequately developed by veterinary technology students. For a complete list of these essential skills please follow this link: https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Programs/Pages/cvtea-pp-appendix-i.aspx

How To Apply to the Veterinary Technology with Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine B.S.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Specialization Admission Criteria

Admission to the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program is a competitive, multi-step process. Students must first be admitted to Mercy College. Students who meet the following criteria will be admitted as undecided pre-veterinary medicine majors (VTPU):

Required

  • Overall high school GPA 85% or higher
  • Minimum of two years high school Math with 85% (B) average or higher
  • Minimum of two years high school English with 85% (B) average or higher
  • Minimum of two years high school Laboratory Science with 85% (B) average or higher

Preferred

  • High school rank in the upper third of their class
  • More than two years high school Math with one year of algebra
  • More than two years high school English
  • More thank two years high school Laboratory Science; preference for one year each in biology and chemistry

Students that do not meet the high school assessment criteria will be required to take additional courses. Students who meet the high school criteria will follow the sequence below for their first year:

First Semester - 16 credits

  • Critical Inquiry - CINQ 101
  • Written English & Literary Studies I - ENGL 111
  • College Algebra - MATH 116
  • General Biology I Lecture & Lab - BIOL 160/160A
  • Oral Communications - SPCM 110

Second Semester - 14 credits

  • Introduction to Veterinary Science - VETC 101
  • General Biology II Lecture & Lab - BIOL 161/161A
  • General Chemistry I Lecture & Lab - CHEM 160/160A
  • Written English & Literary Studies II - ENGL 112

To progress to the pre-veterinary medicine courses as pre-veterinary medicine majors (VTPM), students must complete the first year with the following performance:

  • Minimal overall GPA of first year 3.2
  • MATH 116 minimum grade of B
  • ENGL 111 minimum grade of B
  • BIOL 160/160A minimum grade of B
  • VETC 101 minimum grade of B

Students who meet the above criteria will be required to write an essay to demonstrate competence in written English and understanding of the profession of veterinary medicine.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are available to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Should I finish the General Education requirements before starting my major?
No. Because of the rigor of the program and the need to take major courses in a specific sequence, a combination of General Education courses and Major-Level courses is recommended for all students at the ENGL 111 and MATH 116 level.
How else is the pre-veterinary medicine major exceptional?
The pre-veterinary medicine major is specifically designed to immerse you in veterinary medical sciences. Courses focus on: Animal anatomy, Animal physiology, Veterinary pharmacology, Veterinary clinical pathology, Small animal medicine. No other pre-veterinary medicine major offers this level of specialized preparation for veterinary school. All Veterinary Technology courses at Mercy are taught by veterinarians or licensed veterinary technologists with considerable practical expertise. Faculty and guest instructors include nationally renowned board-certified veterinary specialists.
What type of student is well-suited for the program?
Someone who is highly motivated, has exceptional learning skills, a strong ability to focus, and a dedicated interest in veterinary medicine. The fact that the student must have love and compassion for animals is self-evident. However, because the practice of veterinary medicine is largely devoted to interaction with clients and staff, empathy and concern for people, and the capacity to work cooperatively and productively with others are indispensable qualities.
Can I major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine as a part-time student?
Yes. You can take as little as one course per semester.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined, however, the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
What are my chances of acceptance into veterinary school?
The Mercy College Veterinary Technology Program with specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine major concentration has a strong record of success in student acceptance to Veterinary Medical Schools. At Mercy you’ll benefit from intensive academic advising, one-on-one counseling, grade review, and ultimately selection of veterinary schools. In addition, Mercy has a formal articulation arrangement with Ross University, guaranteeing your admission if you complete Mercy's Pre-Veterinary Medicine program, maintain a minimum of a 3.25 GPA, and meet other reasonable criteria.
What if I am unable to maintain a high enough GPA to be accepted into veterinary medical school?
You can still have a highly rewarding career in the field of veterinary medicine by earning a BS in Veterinary Technology. For more information, click on Veterinary Technology.
Amanda Colon Visiting Asst. Professor
Sandra Bertholf Instructor, Veterinary Technology Program
Sabrina Timperman Associate Professor, Veterinary Technology
Lisa Schenkel Assistant Professor, Program Director, Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology with Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine Overview

Imagine a major that is specifically designed to prepare you for success in veterinary medical school. The Mercy College Veterinary Technology Program with Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine major concentration is unique in its veterinary-oriented curriculum which immerses students in veterinary medicine, with courses in animal physiology, veterinary pharmacology, clinical laboratory techniques and small animal medicine. 

To maximize clinical and research experience, students complete an externship in a prestigious institution. This level of specialized preparation for veterinary school is unparalleled. The curriculum is academically rigorous and challenging. 

This major leads to a B.S. in Veterinary Technology with a specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

The major concentration of Pre-Veterinary Medicine is not accredited by the AVMA-CVTEA. Graduates with this major concentration do not qualify to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

Veterinary Technology with Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine Fast Facts

  • BS in Veterinary Technology with a specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Challenging, veterinary-oriented curriculum
  • Externships at state-of-the-art veterinary facilities
  • Clinical instruction at renowned multi-specialty veterinary centers

Veterinary Technology with Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine FAQS

Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are available to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
Can I major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine as a part-time student?
Yes. You can take as little as one course per semester.
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Career Opportunities

Opportunities for veterinarians are nearly limitless and include:

Veterinary Technology Transfer Policies

To find information on transfer of credit policies please click on the following link: https://www.mercy.edu/admissions/
transfers/transfer-credit-evaluation

and

Veterinary Technology Program transfer credit policy please click on the following document: Veterinary Technology Transfer Policy

Veterinary Technology with Specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine Objectives

To provide students with hands-on, real life experience, the Mercy College Pre-Veterinary Medicine program is unique in offering a 360-hour externship in clinical veterinary. Our externship sites are carefully selected to ensure currency and provide exemplary learning experiences. 

Veterinary Technology Tuition, Fees and Program Costs

To find information on tuition, fees and other program costs and refund policies please refer to the Mercy College Bulletin.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Apply the basic tenets of professional behavior, ethical values and awareness of cultural diversity to performance in the classroom, the laboratory, and the clinical externship experience
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the domestic and exotic animal species and their implications for disease processes 
  • Precisely perform pharmacological calculations
  • Perform common clinical tests as required by the Mercy College Veterinary Technology Program Essential Skills List, and explain their clinical significance
  • Identify common small and exotic animal diseases and explain their clinical significance and treatment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and entry level skills in animal handling and restraint
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of veterinary anesthesia and evaluate anesthetic and analgesic protocols
  • Perform a clinical externships, including accomplishment of all applicable essential skills
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills as they pertain to decision making and problem solving