Veterinary Technology at Purdue University

Veterinary Technology News

Please join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Purdue’s Veterinary Technology program (! In conjunction with Purdue Veterinary Conference (formerly Fall Conference), we will recognize outstanding Purdue graduates from each graduating class at the Meet Me @ the Mixer event on September 29th. If you would like to nominate a graduate, please submit the form (nomination form) by July 15th. Self- nominations are also welcome. Questions regarding the anniversary celebration can be sent to


  • Interested in a scholarship? The application is available for current students (on-campus and DL) and it can be found in VT Connect. Deadline to apply is February 15. Please contact your advisor with any questions.

Distance Learning

  • Preparatory forms for the Summer and Fall terms are available.  Begining Fall 2016, online prep forms available in the "Academic" tab on myPurdue.
  • Summer classes begin Monday, June 13, 2016. Fall classes begin August 22, 2016.
  • Students from Kentucky who are interested in the distance learning program (VTDL) should contact the Veterinary Technology Office before submitting an admission application.
  • Current fees for Veterinary Technology Distance Learning students are $270.00/credit hour.
  • Interested in a scholarship?  The application is available for current students (on-campus and DL) and it can be found in VT Connect.  Deadline to apply is February 15. Please contact your advisor with any questions. 


Are you interested in a fast paced, medical science-based profession?  A profession which is centered around the health and welfare of animals?  A career which provides you the opportunity to interact and educate the animal-owning public and the health science community?  If this sounds like your passion, then Veterinary Technology is the profession for you.  The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine offers several educational pathways for you to achieve your goal.

Career Pathways

Veterinary technology is career focused on the nursing aspects of veterinary medicine.  If your ultimate goal is to be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), the veterinary technology courses will not meet the undergraduate requirements for most veterinary school admissions.  Please click here to view information about becoming a veterinarian.

Veterinary Technology Education

The Purdue Veterinary Technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and is a science based veterinary nursing program offering a Bachelors and Associate of Applied Science degrees.

As an integral part of the veterinary team, veterinary technicians and technologists perform a wide range of veterinary skills:

  • Radiology
  • Nursing care, including pre and post-surgical care
  • Anesthesia
  • Client education

While a majority of veterinary technicians and technologists enter the profession in private veterinary practice, there are many other employment opportunities with a Veterinary Technology degree:

  • Humane Societies and animal control facilities
  • Industry
  • Biomedical Research
  • Veterinary Supply Sales

Technicians credentialing (certification, licensure, or registration) is required in the majority of states in the United States. Candidates for credentialing must pass a national and/or state examination. Most states require that only graduates of Veterinary Technology programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are eligible to take the national credentialing exam and to become credentialed Veterinary Technicians.

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

7/1/11 - 6/30/15
Distance Learning
7/1/12 - 6/30/15

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE



Number of eligible first-time candidates



Three-year pass rate on VTNE (%)



*Due to change in curriculum, there were no graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

On Campus Education  

This educational pathway is best suited for those students who can:

  • Attend classes on the West Lafayette Campus
  • Be a full time undergraduate student
  • Meet the competitive admission criteria

* Bachelor of Science degree with Associate of Applied Science degree option

Learn more about the On Campus Program

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Distance Learning

This educational pathway is best suited for those students who:

  • Prefers to take classes part-time
  • Desire to maintain their current residence and employment

* Associate of Applied Science degree only

Learn more about the Distance Learning Program

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Additional Links

Purdue Webmail
ITaP Technical Support
VT Connect

For questions about admission requirements and procedures, please contact: 

Office of Admissions
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-0544
Phone: 765-494-1776 

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-7607

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