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

Veterinary Technology 2+2, BS

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About the Program

Veterinary Technology Program

Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program

The Bachelor’s (BS) Completion Program builds upon college credits and the associate degree equivalents earned during the AAS or AS Veterinary Technician degree.  This program is designed to enable graduates of accredited associate degree Veterinary Technician programs to become veterinary technologists by earning a bachelor’s degree.

In total, 127.5 credits hours are required for the Purdue BS degree in Veterinary Technology.  The BS Completion uses transfer credits from the associate degree to satisfy the competencies required for the second and third years of the BS degree, which are the clinical portion of the associate degree.  In order to graduate from this program, students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of 30000 to 40000-level courses at the Purdue University campus, in addition to the BS degree requirements.

Limited class size necessitates a competitive admission process for available openings. If admitted, a credit evaluation will be completed to determine transfer credit that will be applied towards the degree.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Veterinary Technology 2+2  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.

V - BS
127.5 Credits


Credits from AVMA-accredited associate program will be applied toward bachelor degree completion as determined by program director or academic advisor.

Veterinary Technology Electives (minimum of 6.0 credits)

Free Electives (minimum of 5.5 credits)

Other Program Course Requirements (minimum 35 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

Graduates of accredited AVMA associate degree programs will transfer credits of associate degree level Veterinary Technology course work from their home program.

If from a proprietary institution, once admitted the Veterinary Technology program will assign departmental credit for associate degree level vet tech courses.

General Education Requirements


English and Communications cannot be taken in the same semester.

**3 credits of English composition are required for the BS degree. However, English 10600 (4 credits) is typically used to meet this requirement. English 10600 or 10800 meet the Information Literacy and Written Communication outcomes for undergraduate core curriculum.


  • Veterinary Technology Electives - 6 cr minimum
  • Free Electives - 5.5 cr minimum

Veterinary Technology senior level courses

Bachelor of Science (Minimum Hours Required: 127.5)

This is a suggested plan of study and subject to change

See the Outcome Selectives for approved Purdue courses

Outcome Selectives

Outcome selectives may be satisfied by transfer credits or IUPUI/IPFW equivalencies. Consult your academic advisor.


Behavior/Social Science

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.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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