Welcome from Dr. Bianca Zenor, Director of the Veterinary Nursing Program
Welcome to the Veterinary Nursing Program, the undergraduate program in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. The College educates the entire veterinary team. Our students are educated alongside Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). Veterinary Nursing students complete 1,200 clinical hours in the VTH, providing hands-on, practical care to patients. I am excited that you are exploring the Veterinary Nursing majors and am looking forward to helping you plan your career in veterinary nursing.
Purdue University’s Veterinary Nursing Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In order to practice as a credentialed (RVT, CVT, LVT) veterinary technician/nurse, most states require applicants be graduates of an accredited veterinary technology program and have passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). As a credentialed veterinary technician, the graduate is qualified to legally perform medical and surgical nursing, nurse-anesthetist duties, imaging, laboratory testing and dental hygiene as a member of a veterinary team. Specialty certifications are available in many subspecialties. For further information, see www.navta.net.
We offer four degree options:
- Rated #1 in the nation in a listing of the Top 50 Veterinary Technician Programs for 2019 by TheBestColleges.org
- 90% first-time pass rate for the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE)
- Class size is limited to thirty students, keeping the faculty/instructor-to-student ratio below the national average.
On-Campus Admission Requirements
- Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing
- Associate of Applied Science (on-campus)
- Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing Completion, for graduates from AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs wishing to complete a Bachelor degree.
- Associate of Applied Science (distance learning)
For questions on admissions requirements and procedures, contact the Purdue University Office of Admissions.
Office of Admissions
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-0544
The role of the College of Veterinary Medicine Student Services Center is to provide for recruitment, admissions, student life and career transition in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, or even an alum of our College, please feel free to contact our office and our staff will point you in the right direction. Schedule a Visit to the College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-7607
Veterinary Nursing Program Office
The role of the Veterinary Nursing Program Office is to provide support and assistance to prospective and current students. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, or even an alum of our College, please feel free to contact our office and our staff will point you in the right direction.
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