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 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.
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.
For information about how to apply for Financial Aid and important dates, 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
- 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
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
Applicants who reside in the following states cannot be considered for admission to the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program: Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Minnesota.
Purdue does not have a current distance education state authorization agreement with these states and cannot admit students who reside in these locations to a Purdue distance program at this time.
This exception does not apply to Purdue’s on-campus Veterinary Technology programs.
- 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)
- Science - 6 semester (2 must be biology and 2 chemistry)
- English - 8 semester
- Academic Math - 6 semesters (View a list of college-prep math courses)
- 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.
Completing the Program
Students NOT Residing in the United States
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||
|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