Veterinary Technician or Technologist

College of Veterinary Medicine

The veterinary technician (Associate in Applied Science) and technologist (Bachelor of Science) degrees prepare graduates to be integral members of the veterinary healthcare team. The program encompasses the nursing care and handling of animals, the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, various laboratory and clinical procedures, imaging, dental hygiene, pre- and post-surgical patient care, and anesthesia.

Purdue veterinary technology also has an Associate in Applied Science distance-learning degree program. Learn more.


Future Freshmen (on-campus program) - the freshman application deadline for fall enrollment is November 1. As part of the Purdue questions on the Common Application, students interested in veterinary technology will answer questions related to experience in a veterinary setting. 

Transfer Students - The admission application for transfer students becomes available January 1. Transfer applicants also must submit a Veterinary Technology Experience Report form. February 1 is the deadline to apply. A complete application includes the application itself as well as all required material (transcripts, experience report form, etc.) 

Veterinary Technician or Technologist Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Veterinary Technology applicants:

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Program availability: Closed to transfer students

Additional Requirements: Completed application by Feb. 1, including, application, Veterinary Technology Experience Report, final high school transcript, and all college transcripts.

Applicants who have a Veterinary Technician degree from an AVMA-accredited program and want to complete the BS degree option:

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program availability: Closed to transfers

Additional Requirements: Completed application by Feb. 1, including, application, Veterinary Technology Experience Report, final high school transcript, and all college transcripts.

The Veterinary Technology Committee reviews applications in early February. In mid-February, top applicants are invited to interview and interviews take place in early March. Applicants selected for admission to the program will be notified by the end of March.


Contact Information

Veterinary Technology Office
Phone: 765-496-6579


Associate of Science (veterinary technician)

Bachelor of Science (veterinary technologist)

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Science and Research