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Veterinary Nursing, AAS

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About the Program

The Veterinary Nursing Program is a science-based veterinary nursing program
offering an Associate in Applied Science (AAS). The Veterinary Nursing
Program at Purdue University is designed to allow a student to gain the
knowledge, information, and skills necessary to practice as a veterinary
technician. It is an AVMA accredited program. Upon graduation, students are
eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
This unique program is a part of the four-year curriculum with the Associate in
Applied Science (AAS) embedded within the Bachelor of Science in Veterinary
Nursing (BSVN) degree. Years 2-3 offer students over 1200 hours of clinical
experience in Purdue's Veterinary Hospital.
Entry to the AAS degree is a competitive entry process. Students electing to
complete the AAS only are students who have previous college experience or
For more information, see the Veterinary Nursing website.
As part of the veterinary team, credentialed veterinary technicians perform a wide range of veterinary nursing, imaging, anesthesia, dental hygiene and diagnostic laboratory procedures in a veterinary practice. Other career opportunities include specialty practice, clinic/hospital team leaders, research, 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 plan of study in veterinary nursing does not meet the requirements for application to veterinary school to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
Veterinary Nursing Major Change (CODO) Requirements (link to CODO page)

Degree Requirements

70 Credits Required

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (3-4 credits)

Electives (3.5 credits)

Transfer credit may be used to satisfy elective and other program course requirements. Consult your academic advisor.

Program Requirements

16 Credits

14 Credits

6.5-7.5 Credits

13.5 Credits

16 Credits

4 Credits


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Associate in Applied Science degree.

  • The Veterinary Nursing Program has additional academic standards.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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