Associates Degree in Science: The Program
Purdue University offers an online associates degree in veterinary technology that will allow individuals to work in animal care after completion.
This program is comprised of 35 online core courses (which adds up to 45 credit hours of study) and 17 Clinical Mentorship individual experiences (these add up to 17 credit hours). The total credit hours to complete this online veterinary technology program is 70 credit hours. It must be noted that each course is between 1-2 credit hours. The other credit hours come from 6 credit hours of an English course and Animal Science course as well as a 2 credit hour elective.
This program will take approximately 4-5 years for completion as a part-time student.
A Clinical Mentorship practicum and exams are completed throughout the program. Each of these is done in a veterinary clinic or practice and for every one the student must be under the supervision of a veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician in order to count for credit completion. Documentation of each assigned task during each practicum is then reviewed by Purdue University professors. Videotaping is considered one form of documentation.
Here are a few courses that are offered in this online vet tech degree program:
- Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians I and II
- Physiology for Veterinary Technicians I and II
- Small Animal Nursing and Health Management I, II, III and IV
- Introduction to Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Oncology
- Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians I and II
- Understanding Animal Diseases
Purdue University will accept transfer credits for the basic required English courses and Animal Science courses from other accredited and acceptable universities. If credits are obtained from another college and want to be applied to this program, they must match Purdue's standards and you must have a "C" or better in them.
Purdue University's online Associate Degree program for Veterinary Technicians is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).