December 05, 2023

Veterinary nursing degree will be available at Huntington University

Purdue, Huntington team up

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Students at Huntington University can study veterinary nursing through Purdue University’s Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning program beginning this fall.

Students can earn two degrees in four years: a bachelor of science in animal health from Huntington University and an associate in applied science in veterinary nursing from Purdue University.

“The combination (of degrees) creates multiple career pathways in areas such as veterinary medicine, research, education, pharmaceutical companies, and the animal agriculture industry,” said Chad Brown, director of veterinary nursing programs at Purdue.

Key program details include:

• The program will launch officially in fall 2023. Applications are being accepted for the program now.

• Through this concurrent dual-degree program, students will take in-person classes on Huntington University’s home campus and online classes in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning program.

• Students will work alongside a community of peers on Huntington University’s campus and have access to a local veterinary nursing adviser. In addition to traditional in-person and online coursework, students will complete mentorship hours.

• Purdue University’s Veterinary Nursing program has been American Veterinary Medical Association accredited since 1976 and is one of four AVMA accredited veterinary nursing programs in the country affiliated with a college of veterinary medicine.

• Indiana and most states require credentialing for veterinary technicians. Credentialing requires passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination and registering with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Purdue’s veterinary nursing students have a 90% to 95% first-time pass rate on the VTNE.

• Students enrolling in this special dual-degree program will be enrolled as a full-time student at Huntington University. This program is set up to be completed in four years; however, students will be enrolled year-round. During the summer term, students will primarily be enrolled in mentorships working on completing specific skills necessary for veterinary nursing. Mentorships will and can be completed at area veterinary clinics or practices, and some will also be completed on the Huntington University campus utilizing the Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center and the Three Rivers Farm.

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Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor