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Veterinary Technology

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.

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

In addition to working in a 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.

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Meet the Program Director

Rebecca Hoffman - Vet Tech Class of 2019

Dr. Bianca Zenor, DVM MS

Dr. Bianca Zenor joins Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine as the new director of the Veterinary Technology Program and clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Administration effective April 10. Dr. Zenor joins Purdue Veterinary Medicine from Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. in Topeka, Kan. where she most recently served as senior manager of U.S. Veterinary Affairs since 2014. Prior to her work with Hill's, Dr. Zenor practiced mainly emergency medicine after switching gears from practicing at an exotics only hospital.

Learn more about Dr. Zenor & her team >>

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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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 Technician National Examination (VTNE) Scores 

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

7/1/13 - 6/30/16
Distance Learning
7/1/13 - 6/30/16

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