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700 Fox Chase Road
Jenkintown PA 19046
(215) 885 2360


Technical Ability Standards

Students are expected to possess minimal technical abilities and meet the following standards so that, during the course of their education, they do not pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of other students, faculty, staff and animals, as well as to themselves.

  1. Have the ability to stay awake and alert during laboratories and during clinical and nursing rotations.
  2. Possess emotional stability when performing dissections, assisting in surgery and performing duties that involve working with dying or dead animals. Possess the psychological maturity and restraint to address conflict with classmates, faculty and staff in a peaceful, non-violent and non-verbally abusive manner.
  3. Have the ability to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close
    at hand. Have the ability to visualize microscopic images such that hematologic, cytologic and parasitic specimens can be accurately interpreted and identified.
  4. Have the ability to hear or visually interpret verbal communication from a reasonable distance.
  5. Have the ability to use the English language to communicate effectively with individuals of all professions and social levels, both orally and in writing.
  6. Have full range of motion of body joints, fine motor movements of the hands, and the ability to stoop and bend. Have adequate hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment, instrumentation, and medications. Have the physical ability and agility to restrain different species of animals including large domestic animals, small companion animals, exotic animals and lab animals. Have the ability to execute motor movements (locomotor and dexterity) required to provide effective, direct nursing care and emergency treatment to patients.
  7. Have the ability to climb six flights of stairs. Have the ability to remain standing/ walking for at least one hour without sitting down.
  8. Have the ability to lift 30 pounds, and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  9. Have sufficient motor function and tactile acuity to be able to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation and other assessment processes.
  10. Have no chemical addictions or obsessive/compulsive disorders that would disrupt any of the abilities listed above.
  11. Have no life-threatening allergies to animals.