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.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Harcum College Application
  • Official copy of high school transcript
  • Official copies of all college transcripts, if applicable
  • Completion of Algebra I and II, Biology, and Chemistry with earned grades of C or higher
  • SAT scores - Scores for tests taken after April 1, 1995, will require a re-centered minimum combined score of 900. Scores for tests taken prior to April 1, 1995, require a minimum combined score of 800.
  • Letter of recommendation is required
  • Personal essay
  • 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).

Veterinary Technology Program VTNE Pass Rate

Total first-time test takers
Total students passing
Pass Rate %
13 (to date)*
9 (to date)*

Veterinary Technology Program Director:
Kathy Koar Wisniewski
Academic Center, Room 104
Phone: 610-526-6033