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Veterinary Nurse Distance Learning, AAS

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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.

Degree Requirements

70 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (65 credits)

Required Major Courses (46.5 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (3 credits)

Electives (2 credits)

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

Program Requirements

6.5 Credits

7 Credits

7.5 Credits

9 Credits

7.5 Credits

8 Credits

8 Credits

7.5 Credits

9 Credits


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Associate in Applied Science degree.
  • Relative to required courses of the Veterinary Technology curriculum, a student shall be dismissed from the Veterinary Technology Program under the following conditions: 1) Receipt of F, NP, WF, or WN in any required School of Veterinary Medicine course (courses from SVM departments: CPB, BMS, VM, VCS) to be credited towards graduation and a cumulative GPA less than 2.5, or 2) Students who have an academic session index below 2.0 in any two consecutive semesters. 
  • The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. 

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