Recently Admitted VTDL Students

Congratulations on being admitted to the Purdue Veterinary Technology Distance Learning program. There are several things you need to know or do as you prepare to start in the program. 

  1. Set up your Purdue career account. Setting up this account will give you access to Purdue email and myPurdue (the student information portal). 
    To begin the process go to:

    Chose the tab that says “Special Populations”. Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Students” . Follow the directions. 

    The Purdue VTDL requires you to use your Purdue email account. Do not forward your email to another account.

    If you experience problems with your career account set-up, please contact the Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) support desk at 765-494-4000. You will need to know your PUID when you talk to ITaP.
  2. You should have received a letter from the VTDL assigning your academic advisor. If you have not received this letter, please contact the VTDL office (765-496-6579) or

  3. As a new student, you are eligible to take the following courses:
    • VM 10500 – Introduction to Veterinary Technology (1 credit hour) 
    • BMS 11500 – Anatomy for VT I (1.5 credit hours) - Not available summer term
    • BMS 13500 – Physiology for VT I (1 credit hour) - Not available summer term
    • ANSC 10100 – Animal Agriculture (Introduction to Animal Science) (3 credit hours) - only offered in the spring term

Starting Fall 2017, please refer to the 3-year plan of study for course suggestions (3 year plan of study). Contact your academic advisor for help with course selection.  Advisors are listed on myPurdue and in an email after students have accepted admission. 

New distance learning students often over-estimate the course load they will be able to complete in a semester. 

Generally, every 1 credit hour of class requires 3 hours of study per week. Distance learning students average about 3.5 credits per semester which is equal to 11-12 hours of study per week.  Successful students are those that take the curriculum at a slow and steady pace.

The best way to start the program is with 1-2 classes. VM 10500 is a good choice for the first class,and if you wish to take a second class, then BMS 11500 is a good addition.

  1. For students who anticipate utilizing financial aid, please visit the following websites:

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

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