Animal Health + Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nursing MAJOR

Earn two degrees at once, and set yourself up for success.

Through this concurrent, dual-degree program, you will take in-person classes on Huntington University’s home campus and online classes in Purdue University’s Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning (VDNL) program. A robust four-year plan enables you to graduate with two degrees at once: a Huntington University bachelor’s degree in animal health and a Purdue University associates degree in veterinary nursing.


Veterinary Nursing Curriculum

The unique design of this degree combines Purdue’s strong VDNL program with HU’s Christ-centered approach to agriculture and animal health. You will work alongside a community of peers on HU’s campus and have access to a local veterinary nursing advisor. In addition to traditional in-person and online coursework, you will complete mentorship hours.

Take Courses Like:
  • Anatomy for Vet Techs
  • Physiology for Vet Techs
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Pathology for Vet Techs
  • Public and Occupational Health for Vet Techs
  • Microbiology for Vet Techs
  • Small Animal Nursing for Vet Techs

How to Apply

How does a dual-degree program work?

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/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

Why did HU partner with Purdue?

Purdue University’s veterinary nursing program has been American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 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 (VTNE) and registering with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Purdue’s veterinary nursing students have a 90-95% first-time pass rate on the VTNE.

HU admissions requirements

Students will need to submit completed applications for admission to both Huntington University and Purdue University. 

  • 2.3 GPA / Test Optional (with essay submission)

  • Application Deadline: Rolling

  • Application link: Apply now


Huntington University tuition rates apply to students. Institutional, state and federal student aid is available to qualified students. Learn more about the cost of attendance at HU

Purdue admissions requirements

Students will need to submit completed applications for admission to both Huntington University and Purdue University. 

  • Minimum high school subject matter prerequisites:

    • Science - 6 semester (2 must be biology and 2 chemistry)

    • English - 8 semester

    • Academic math - 6 semesters

  • SAT or ACT scores required.

    • The requirement for test scores is waived if the applicant has 24 graded hours in college or is 23 or older.

  • If applicant has earned college credit, official college transcripts must be provided to for evaluation of applicable coursework.

  • Admission Deadlines: Fall: June 1, 2023

Application Link: Apply now

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