Veterinary Nurse (Formerly Veterinary Technology)

The Associate in Applied Science 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 Nursing offers multiple options for students. In addition to the on-campus associate's and bachelor's degrees, there is a distance learning (online) associate's degree, and students with an associate's degree in veterinary technology from another AVMA-accredited institution can pursue a bachelor's degree completion program at Purdue. 

Veterinary nursing is a career focused on the nursing aspects of veterinary medicine. If your goal is to be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), the veterinary nursing courses will not meet the undergraduate requirements for admission to most veterinary schools. Learn more about pre-vet opportunities at Purdue.


Application Process for On-Campus Programs
  • Future Freshmen (on-campus program) - the freshman application deadline for fall enrollment is November 1. As part of the Purdue questions on the application, students interested in veterinary nursing will answer questions related to experience in a veterinary setting. 
  • Transfer Students - The application for transfer students for fall enrollment becomes available in mid-December. February 1 is the deadline to apply. 
Application Process for Distance Learning Program
Veterinary Nurse (Formerly Veterinary Technology) Website

Plan of Study

Veterinary Nursing, BS

Veterinary Nursing, AAS

Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning, AAS

Veterinary Nursing Bachelor Completion, BS

Related Career Interests

Careers in Veterinary Nurse (Formerly Veterinary Technology)

Associate of Science 

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

Bachelor of Science 

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

Transfer to Veterinary Nurse (Formerly Veterinary Technology)

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Associate in Applied Science and Bachelor of Science applicants:

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Program availability: Available for Fall enrollment only. Transfer students all begin in the second, or clinical year, of the BS degree program. Completion of first-year coursework increases the student’s competitiveness for admission.

Applicants who have a degree from an AVMA-accredited program and want to apply for the Bachelor of Science completion option:

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program availability: Available for Summer enrollment only

Additional Requirements: 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
(765) 496-6579

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