About the Program
Associate in Applied Science Distance Learning Program
The Veterinary Nurse program is a science-based veterinary nursing program offering an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Veterinary Nurse Distance Learning (VNRS) 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 VNRS 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 curriculum contains 27 didactic courses and 18 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 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 is on the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Technology website.