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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterinary Technician, AAS

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About the Program

Associate in Applied 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 (https://vet.purdue.edu/vettech/)


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).

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Veterinary Technician AAS  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

70 Credits

Veterinary Technology Major Courses (64.5 cr.)

Veterinary Technology major courses must be taken in specific order.

Free Electives (minimum of 2.5 cr.)

Other Program Course Requirements


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

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

*3 credit of English composition are required for AS degree. However, ENGL 10600  (4 credits) is typically used to meet the requirement.

  • ENGL - English Composition - Credit Hours: 3.00 *

16 Credits

16 Credits

Summer Between Year 1 and Year 2

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

13.5 Credits

14 Credits

Summer Year 2

Practicum is 12 weeks. ( Vacation for 3 weeks)

Associate of Applied Science Degree Granted (Minimum required credits 70)

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an academic advisor is strongly advised.

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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