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2017-2018 University Catalog 
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College of Veterinary Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine


Whatever your age there is something for you at Purdue Veterinary Medicine. Whether you are ready to pursue a veterinary technology degree or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, wanting to research a specific topic, or expanding your expertise, we have educational programs to assist you. Take a look around and let us know if you have any questions.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Technology Program

Legal Requirements for Practice in the United States

Purdue University’s Veterinary Technology Program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  For purposes of registration as a veterinary technician, Indiana and most other states require that applicants be graduates of an accredited veterinary technology program and have passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).  As a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), 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. No additional legal requirements presently exist for veterinary technologists (BS degree-holders); however, specialty certifications are available in many subspecialties. For further information, see www.navta.net.


Veterinary Technology - On-Campus

The Veterinary Technology program is a science based veterinary nursing program. We offer three degree options: Bachelor of Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degree and Bachelor of Science completion option, for graduates from AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs wishing to complete a Bachelor degree.

For all applicants:

The Purdue University Veterinary Technology Program is a competitive admissions program. For questions, please contact the Veterinary Technology Office at vettech@purdue.edu or by phone at 765-496-6579 to speak with an academic advisor.

Preparing for the Competitive Admissions Process

Admission is a competitive admissions process based on the following criteria:

  • Academic ability (overall academic performance with emphasis on math and science grades, SAT/ACT scores, writing skills)
  • Experience (animal care, veterinary health care exposure, general work experience)
  • Evidence of self-motivation, self-determination, veterinary technology career awareness, leadership, and awareness of the VT Program
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age prior to entering clinical courses.

Each VT Class contains 30 students. There is one class per year.

Minimum Admission Requirements

High School diploma or GED. A minimum of a C average grade index is required (high school and/or college), with a B average plus upper-third class rank preferred. All degree-seeking applicants must meet these course expectations either in high school or through subsequent college-level (not remedial) coursework. A semester of college coursework is equivalent to two semesters of high school. Click here to view admissions criteria.

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


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Prospective Applicants:

Students interested in a veterinary medical education at Purdue must complete 2 - 3 years of required course work in order to be eligible to apply to our program. Required courses must be completed with a “C -” grade (1.7 on a 4.0 scale) or better in each course and applications must maintain a competitive cumulative grade point average. Applicants with questions regarding the available courses to meet pre-requisites offered at their undergraduate institution should email vetadmissions@purdue.edu for pre-requisite course determination. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA (including all course repeats) of no less than 3.00 to receive consideration.

Preparing for the Admissions Process

For more information about admittance to the Veterinary Technology Programs, please contact admission@purdue.edu.


Student Services

Thank you for visiting the web page for the Student Services Center of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Our staff is available to assist you in many ways, so please feel free to contact us when needed. The role of the 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.

Boiler up!

Dr. Jim Weisman
Director of Student Services

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Contact Information

College of Veterinary Medicine
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-7607

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