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Distance Learning

The Veterinary Technology program is a science based veterinary nursing program offering an Associate of Applied Science degree. The Veterinary Technology Distance Learning (VTDL) program at Purdue University is designed to allow a student to gain the knowledge, information, and skills necessary to practice as a veterinary technician.

Typically, most students who complete the VTDL:

  • are already employed with a veterinarian
  • enjoy their job working with a veterinarian and plan to continue working with them
  • are willing to make a long-term commitment to develop the skills and acquire the extensive knowledge required to be a Veterinary Technician

Distance Learning students must:

  • maintain self-motivation and self-discipline
  • set own pace for learning
  • manage time effectively
  • be a self-learner/discoverer
  • set aside time for studying

Study time formula:

- study time is considered the time spent after initial retrieval of information

- 1 credit hour = minimum of 3 study hours per week (some content may require more hours of study time)

- Most VTDL students report spending 4 - 6 study hours per credit hour per week

Program Information

Program Curriculum and Fees

The curriculum for VTDL contains 35 didactic courses and 17 clinical mentorships. For an overview of the curriculum, suggested plans of study, and fees - click here.

For information about how to apply for Financial Aid and important dates, click here.

The VTDL program is a part-time program and cannot be taken full-time. Financial aid eligibility is limited.  For further financial aid information specific to the VTDL program, click here.

The VTDL program is not an eligible program for 21st Century Scholars.

For information on military and veteran student programs, click here.

For current fees, click here

IT Requirements

  • Internet connection of 56k or better (higher speeds strongly recommended)
  • Blackboard approved web browser. For a list of supported browsers, please visit the Blackboard website
  • CD / DVD drive
  • Monitor capable of displaying 800 x 600 resolution or better
    • Resolution of 1024 x 768 or more is recommended for best performance

Proctor Information

A proctor is the person who insures exam security. The VTDL communicates with the proctor the necessary information for the student to complete course exams.

  • Proctor must be a licensed veterinarian, a credentialed veterinary technician (RVT, LVT, CVT), or a practicing teacher in a school, college, or university
  • Proctor may not be a spouse or relative
  • Proctor must have high speed internet connection available
  • For information the roles of the proctor or mentor, click here

Admission Requirements and Procedures

  • High school graduation or equivalent (high school transcript required) If you have a high school equivalency, we need bothe equivalency score repot and the previous high school transcript.
  • Minimum high school subject matter prerequisites (deficiencies may be made up with college-level courses, one 100-level or higher college course counts as two high school semesters)
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age prior to entering clinical courses
  • SAT or ACT scores The requirement for test scores is waived if the applicant has 24 graded hours in college or is 23 or older.

Click to view the admissions procedure instructions

Transferring Credits

The program contains 70 credit hours for graduation. Of these 70 credit hours, 62 are specific to the veterinary technology program. The 8 that you may transfer in break down as follows: 3 hours of freshman English composition, 2 hours of elective credits and 3 hours of an introductory Animal Agriculture course.

Completing the Program

Historically VTDL students who maintain their employment status and family life will take an average of 4-5 years to complete the program in a part-time status. While this may seem to be a long time, it is the same effort that the on-campus students log in their intensive program. On-campus students are in class, labs, and rotations from 7:30 AM until 4:30 PM five days a week. DL students are typically unable to make that kind of time commitment because of their life/job situation, and thus it is important for DL students to remember that they are going to need to take this curriculum at a slower pace to prevent significant disruption of their other obligations and responsibilities, and to prevent their inability to meet the academic load.

Students NOT Residing in the United States

It is essential that students learn techniques that are considered state of the art of veterinary medicine. All veterinary facilities must meet the requirements for Clinical Mentorship facilities. See information above about the Clinical Mentorship Experience.

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Scores - Veterinary Technology Distance Learning

The VTNE is used to evaluate entry-level veterinary technicians’ competency to practice and to be credentialed. Most states and provinces require a passing score
on the VTNE as one criterion for credentialing. For further information please refer to the AAVSB website

Annual VTNE Pass rate July 1, 2011 - June 30 2012 July 1, 2012 - June 30 2013 July 1, 2013 - June 30 2014
Number of Eligible first time candidates


5 4
Total number of first time test takers 11* 5 4
Number of first time candidates passing VTNE 10   3 4
VTNE annual pass rate 91% 60% 100%

*Data includes graduates from previous semesters

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