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Program Curricula

The Veterinary Technology program is a science based veterinary nursing program.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science degree

Associate of Applied Science degree

Bachelor of Science completion option

For graduates from AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs wishing to complete a Bachelor degree.

For all applicants:

The Purdue University Veterinary Technology Program is a competitive admissions program. For questions, please contact the Veterinary Technology Office at vettech@purdue.edu or by phone at 765-496-6579 to speak with an academic advisor. 

Program Information

Program Curricula

Bachelor degree curriculum (students admitted to Purdue Fall 2013 and later) click here.

Bachelor degree curriculum (students admitted to Purdue prior to Fall 2013) click here

Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum click here.

Bachelor degree completion curriculum click here.

Preparing for the Competitive Admissions Process

Admission is a competitive admissions process based on the following criteria:
  • Academic ability (overall academic performance with emphasis on math and science grades, SAT/ACT scores, writing skills)
  • Experience (animal care, veterinary health care exposure, general work experience)
  • Evidence of self-motivation, self-determination, veterinary technology career awareness, leadership, and awareness of the VT Program
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age prior to entering clinical courses.

Each VT Class contains 30 students. There is one class per year.

Minimum Admission Requirements

High School diploma or GED. A minimum of a C average grade index is required (high school and/or college), with a B average plus upper-third class rank preferred.

All degree-seeking applicants must meet these course expectations either in high school or through subsequent college-level (not remedial) coursework. A semester of college coursework is equivalent to two semesters of high school.

To view admissions criteria, click here.

For questions on admissions requirements and procedures, contact the Purdue University Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-0544


Admissions Procedure Instructions

Application Process

August - November 21

  • New Beginners (first time college students)

January 1 - February 1

  • Current and former Purdue students
  • Transfer students (regional campuses & other colleges)
Completed Applications 

Reviewed by the Veterinary Technology Admissions Committee 

Interview Process

Qualified applicants from the pool of completed applications are invited to  interview 

  • New Beginners interview in January
  • Others interview in early March


Status update of application to the Veterinary Technology Program

  • New Beginners notified February
  • Others notified April

Click the appropriate link below to view the admissions procedure instructions:

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Scores - Veterinary Technology On-Campus

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, 2010 - June 30 2011 July 1, 2011 - June 30 2012 July 1, 2012 - June 30 2013 July 1, 2013 - June 30 2014
Number of Eligible first time candidates


23 n/a* 24
Total number of first time test takers 27 23 n/a* 23
Number of first time candidates passing VTNE 26 21 n/a* 21
VTNE annual pass rate 96% 91% n/a* 91%

*Due to change in curriculum, there were no graduates during this time period.

Why Purdue?

Purdue Advantage Slide Show

The Purdue Advantage:

  • Educating the entire veterinary team

  • Small class size

  • One-on-one interaction with faculty

  • Hands-on animal learning sessions from day one

  • National award winning educators

  • Emphasis on international learning experiences

  • Diverse and inclusive environment

  • Access to faculty-led research experiences

  • Focus on developing student leadership skills

  • Opportunities for community engagement