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College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Technology Program


This unique program uses one four-year curriculum with Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science options. Students wanting only the associate's degree, or who have previously completed the general education college courses found in Year 1 of the bachelor's degree, begin the clinical portion of the curriculum.

Although any student can compete for a start in the Year 2 associate's degree program, high school students or those without any college experience are strongly advised to apply for the first year of the B.S. degree program so they can obtain the general education credits and develop college-level study skills prior to entering the intensive clinical portion of the curriculum. The student who completes the first year of the B.S. degree program but wishes to stop after completing the associate's degree would complete the curriculum in 3 years (1-year B.S. general education and 2-year associate's degree curriculum).

For significant details, see the veterinary technology website.


As part of the veterinary team, registered veterinary technicians (A.A.S. degree) perform a wide range of veterinary nursing, imaging, anesthesia, dental hygiene and diagnostic laboratory procedures in the practice setting.

Veterinary technologists (B.S. degree) add organizational skills and case/project management to their technical abilities. Possible career tracks for technologists include animal behavior counselors, specialty practice technologists, clinic/hospital team leaders, veterinary technology program educators, pharmaceutical sales and animal housing directors.

Careers in the credentialed veterinary technician field require maintaining continuing education according to state regulations. Information about continuing education programs are available to graduates through Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Office of Lifelong Learning.

The A.A.S. and B.S. plans of study in veterinary technology are not intended to meet the requirements for application to veterinary school to become a veterinarian. Students should pursue a preveterinary program until choosing their careers in veterinary medicine.

Information about admission for beginning and transfer students is available at www.vet.purdue.edu/vettech.