Aug 17, 2018  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterinary Technology, BS

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About the Program

Bachelor of Science Degree

West Lafayette Campus


This unique program combines one four-year curriculum with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) options. Students wanting only the Associate degree, or who have previously completed the general education college courses found in Year One of the bachelor’s degree, begin in the clinical portion, or Year Two, of the program.

Although any student can compete to start in the Year Two associate degree program, high school students, or those without any college experience, are strongly advised to apply for the first year of the BS degree program. This allows students to obtain a science, math and general education background 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 BS degree program but wishes to stop after completing the associate degree would complete the curriculum in three years (The first year of general education and two years, including two summers, of associate degree curriculum).

For more information, see the Veterinary Technology website (


As part of the veterinary team, registered veterinary technicians with an AAS degree perform a wide range of veterinary nursing, imaging, anesthesia, dental hygiene and diagnostic laboratory procedures in the practice setting.

Veterinary technologists (BS 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, wildlife rehabilitation, zoo and shelter medicine.

Credentialed veterinary technicians are required to maintain continuing education according to state regulations. Information about continuing education programs is available through the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Lifelong Learning.

The AAS and BS plans of study in veterinary technology are not intended to meet the requirements for application to veterinary school to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Veterinary Tech - BS VTAA  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.

127.5 Credits

Departmental/Program Major Courses (87 credits)

Veterinary Technology major courses must be taken in specific order.

Free Electives (2.5 - 5.5 credits)

Other Program Course Requirements (35 - 38 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

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

Semester 1

English and Communications cannot be taken in the same semester.

17 - 18 Credits

Spring 1st Year

Semester 2

English and Communications cannot be taken in the same semester.

16 - 18 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Summer Between Year 2 and 3

Rotation is 6 wks. Two sections-wks 1-6 or 10-15 Vacation for 9 wks

3.5 Credits

13.5 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

Semester 6

16 Credits

Summer Between Year 3 and Year 4

Practicum requirement is 12 weeks (Vacation for 3 weeks)

4 Credits

Associate of Applied Science Degree Granted (Minimum Hours Required: 70)

15.5 Credits

12 Credits

Bachelor Degree Granted (Minimum Hours Required: 127.5)


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement                             

***Veterinary Technologist student entering at the 2nd year takes VM 14000 in the Fall of Year 2.

Foundational Learning Outcomes Core Curriculum- Outcome Selectives*

*Outcome selective and other learning outcomes may be satisfied by transfer credits or IUPUI/IPFW equivalencies. Consult your academic advisor.

Science, Technology & Society

Humanities Human Cultures (H)

Behavior/Social Science (BSS)

Further Selectives

For the rest of the selective list please click here .

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.

Degree Requirement

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