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Veterinary Technology, BS

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About the Program

Bachelor of 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).

Degree Requirements

127.5 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (87 credits)

Veterinary Technology major courses must be taken in specific order.

Other Program Course Requirements (35-38 credits)

Free Electives (2.5-5.5 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

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Additional Requirements

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Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

English and Communications cannot be taken in the same semester.

16-17 Credits

Spring 1st Year

English and Communications cannot be taken in the same semester.

16-18 Credits

14.5 Credits

13.5 Credits

Summer 2nd Year

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

3.5 Credits

13.5 Credits

16 Credits

Summer 3rd Year

Practicum requirement is 12 weeks (Vacation for 3 weeks)

4 Credits

15.5 Credits

12 Credits

Foundational Learning Outcomes Core Curriculum - Outcome Selectives*

*Outcome selective and other learning outcomes may be satisfied by transfer credits or IUPUI/IPFW equivalencies. Consult your academic advisor.

Science, Technology & Society

Humanities Human Cultures (H)

Behavior/Social Science (BSS)

Further Selectives

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*Satisfies a University Core Requirement                             

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree

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Additional Requirements

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