About the Program
Associate in Applied Science Distance Learning Program
The Veterinary Technology program is a science-based veterinary nursing program offering an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Veterinary Technology Distance Learning (VTDL) 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 degree. At its completion, the student is eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
Typically, most students who complete the VTDL are already employed with a veterinarian, and plan to continue working in the field. Students are willing to make a long-term commitment to develop the skills and acquire the extensive knowledge required to be a Veterinary Technician.
The VTDL curriculum contains 35 didactic courses and 17 clinical mentorships. It is a part-time program and cannot be taken full-time. Financial aid eligibility is limited. Students are responsible for finding their own mentorship sites with a veterinary health care facility.
Most VTDL courses are offered every semester, i.e. fall, spring and summer. Courses follow the Purdue class calendar. Students may begin the program at the start of any semester.
More information and sample plans of study are on the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Technology web site (https://vet.purdue.edu/vettech/).
Summary of Program Requirements
The Summary of Program Requirements for Veterinary Technician Distance Learning 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.