Apr 24, 2018  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterinary Technology 2+2, BS

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About the Program

Veterinary Technology Program

Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program

The Bachelor’s (BS) Completion Program builds upon college credits and the associate degree equivalents earned during the AAS or AS Veterinary Technician degree.  This program is designed to enable graduates of accredited associate degree Veterinary Technician programs to become veterinary technologists by earning a bachelor’s degree.

In total, 127.5 credits hours are required for the Purdue BS degree in Veterinary Technology.  The BS Completion uses transfer credits from the associate degree to satisfy the competencies required for the second and third years of the BS degree, which are the clinical portion of the associate degree.  In order to graduate from this program, students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of 30000 to 40000-level courses at the Purdue University campus, in addition to the BS degree requirements.

Limited class size necessitates a competitive admission process for available openings. If admitted, a credit evaluation will be completed to determine transfer credit that will be applied towards the degree.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Veterinary Tech - BS VTAB  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

V - BS
127.5 Credits

Departmental/Program Major Courses (90 credits)


A Veterinary Technology associate degree from an AVMA-accredited associate degree program satisfies the course requirements for the 2nd and 3rd years of the Purdue Veterinary Technology BS Completion program. Students who have graduated from AVMA accredited proprietary programs whose credits do not transfer to Purdue will have departmental credits assigned to associate degree level Veterinary Technology course work. Most graduates of AVMA-accredited proprietary programs come in with approximately 30 credits. The Purdue Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide is used to view how Purdue undergraduate courses compare to those of other institutions. Students MUST work closely with advisor.

Other Program Course Requirements (minimum 35 credits)

Free Electives (minimum of 2.5 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective
  • Information Literacy
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Office of the Provost Purdue’s Undergraduate Outcomes-based Core Curriculum www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/index.html

Program Requirements

17 - 18 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 - 18 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Summer Between Year 2 and 3

Rotations is 6 wks. Two sections: weeks 1-6 or 10-15 (Vacation for 9 weeks)

3.5 Credit

13.5 Credits

16 Credits

Summer Between Year 3 and 4

7 Credits

15.5 Credits

12 Credits

Bachelor of Science (Minimum Hours Required: 127.5)

This is a suggested plan of study and subject to change

See the Outcome Selectives for approved Purdue courses

Outcome Selectives

Outcome selectives may be satisfied by transfer credits or IUPUI/IPFW equivalencies. Consult your academic advisor.


Behavior/Social Science


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement                             

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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