Veterinary Technology Distance Learning
The Veterinary Technology Distance Learning 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.
Fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association since 2002
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
Admission Requirements and Procedures
Applicants who reside in Kentucky cannot be considered for admission to the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program. Purdue does not have a current distance education state authorization agreement allowing clinicals to be completed 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 both equivalency score report 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.
Program Curriculum and Fees
The curriculum for VTDL contains 35 didactic courses and 17 clinical mentorships.
The VTDL program is a part-time program and cannot be taken full-time.
Financial aid eligibility is limited.
- Click here for VTDL specific financial aid information.
- Visit the Purdue Division of Financial aid for how to apply for Financial Aid and important dates.
- The VTDL program is not an eligible program for 21st Century Scholars.
- Visit Student Success at Purdue for Military and Veteran Student Program Information
For current fees, click here.
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
- Click here for information on the roles of the proctor or mentor.
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.