Veterinary Nursing

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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 in Applied Science degree option

Earn Entire Degree Online

Distance Learning

This educational pathway is best suited for those students who:

  • Are self directed, motivated, and disciplined
  • Prefers to take classes part-time
  • Desire to maintain their current residence and employment

* Associate in Applied Science degree only


The employment of veterinary nurses is expected to grow 30% from 2012 to 2022. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Veterinary Teaching Hospitals
  • Academic Institutions
  • Research Laboratories
  • Animal Shelters
  • Veterinary Sales and Marketing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public Health
  • Government
  • Zoos
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers
  • Practice Management

Did You Know?

Veterinary nurses are credentialed professionals similar to human nurses. Veterinary nurses are also anesthetists, surgery technicians, radiology technicians, medical laboratory technicians, and dental hygienists.

Purdue's veterinary nursing program has been AVMA accredited since 1976 and is one of four AVMA accredited veterinary nursing programs in the country affiliated with a College of Veterinary Medicine.

Purdue's veterinary nursing students have a 90-95% first-time pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). View VTNE Scores

Veterinary Nursing students work with a variety of animals including small animals, large animals, laboratory animals, and exotics.

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