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Online Vet Tech Program: Purdue University

Purdue University offers one of the most popular online vet tech programs in the country, mostly thanks to the school’s great reputation. The program has been accredited by the AVMA since 2002, and it prides itself on going far beyond the minimum requirements to achieve this distinction. Many consider it to be the highest quality distance education program available for aspiring veterinary technicians.

Most students who enroll in the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning (VTDL) program at Purdue are already working for a veterinarian that they have a strong relationship with, and want to continue working for after they get their associate’s degree and state license.

Some of the downsides of this program include high tuition rates (it is by far the most expensive DL vet tech program around), and the fact that it has a slower pace than other schools. The average student graduates in 4-5 years. The workload is intentionally designed this way to accommodate distance learning students, who are typically busy with other family and work obligations.

Graduates from this program have a 92% pass rate on the VTNE, and a 100% employment rate upon graduation.

This profile was last updated in February 2013.

Program Basics
School Purude University (West Lafayette, IN)
Degree Type Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
AVMA Accredited  ok
Program Length 4-5 years of part-time study (70 credits)
Tuition & Fees
Tuition $24,349 (in-state and out-of-state residents)
Fees & Other Expenses Textbooks
Financial Aid Available to those who qualify
Program Experience
Lessons, assignments, and discussions all go through Blackboard, a popular virtual classroom software.
Clinical Work/Mentors/Preceptors
This program is split between online web-based coursed and clinical mentorship courses. The clinical mentorship credits are earned in a veterinary practice working under the supervision of a licensed doctor or a credentialed veterinary technician.
Admissions Requirements
Degree/Diploma High school diploma or equivalent
Required Classes Science: 6 semesters (At least 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry), English: 8 semesters, Math: 6 semesters
Geographic Restrictions None
Interviews N/A
Reference Letters None

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