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Driven by the rapidly growing biomedical industry, the field of laboratory animal science offers a wealth of employment opportunities for talented and trained individuals in hospitals, colleges and universities, research institutes, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms. Nationally the field is expected to grow faster than the average through 2016.

This program educates students about the importance of handling laboratory animals with care, minimizing variables that could skew research data, and understanding federal research animal regulations. Students learn not only through textbooks, but also at the College's Lenfest Animal Health Center, through field trips to shelters, and in externships/practicums at approved research facilities. Students also receive training in non-human primate and non-primate laboratory animals, research methodologies, nutrition, ethics, and laboratory management.

Experienced faculty engage with students as active partners in the learning process through science-based course work, classroom, and hands-on practical experiences. Becker’s modern, on-campus veterinary clinicwith its laboratory animal rooms, combined with externships and practicums, provide students with valuable clinical training that prepare them to step into positions of responsibility within the biomedical research profession.

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