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. At this time, the vet tech distance learning program is not available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maryland or Minnesota. These exclusions do not apply to the on-campus program.


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.) 

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Careers in Veterinary Technician or Technologist

Associate of Science (veterinary technician)

  • Clinical technologists
  • Anesthesia
  • Dental care
  • Laboratory sample collection and analysis
  • Radiology
  • Surgical/Operating room technician
  • Veterinary nursing

Bachelor of Science (veterinary technologist)

  • Animal housing managers
  • Biomedical research technologists
  • Clinical team leaders
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Specialty practice technologist
  • Teaching technologist
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