School and Ranking Information
The state of Indiana requires certified veterinary technicians to have passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). In order to qualify to take the VTNE, one must complete a veterinary technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). All three of the following schools are AVMA-accredited. Based on this accreditation, as well as their program offerings, rankings and tuition rates, the following schools are among the best in the area:
- Winner: Purdue University is at the top of the list given its national rankings from U.S. News & World Report and a comparatively high graduation rate.
- Runner-Up #1: International Business College also has a relatively high graduation rate and a strong placement rate for graduates of its veterinary technology program.
- Runner-Up #2: Harrison College has the lowest graduation rate among these schools, but its program does have noteworthy features, so it's the second runner-up.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Purdue University||International Business College - Indianapolis||Harrison College - Indianapolis|
|Ranking(s)|| #68 among national universities for 2014,
#14 nationwide for veterinary medicine in 2011*
|Location||West Lafayette, IN (56.2 miles from downtown Indianapolis)||Indianapolis, IN||Indianapolis, IN|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, private for-profit||4-year, private for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$9,900 (undergraduate, in-state), $28,702 (undergraduate out-of-state)**||$13,930 (undergraduate)**||$16,050 (undergraduate)**|
|Veterinary Technician Programs Offered||Associate's and bachelor's degrees||Associate's degrees||Associate's degrees and undergraduate certificates|
|Veterinary Technician Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||46**||67**||100**|
|Most Popular Veterinary Technician Program (2011-2012)||Associate's degree (29 awarded)**||N/A||Associate's degree (86 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)||69% (for students starting in 2006)**||76% (for students starting in 2009)**||29% (for students starting in 2006)**|
|Noteworthy||The veterinary technology associate's program is available online***||Full-time veterinary technology students generally earn their degrees in 18 months***||Harrison College partners with two local Humane Societies, the Lucky Labs rescue program, and the Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), ***Schools' websites.
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Winner: Purdue University
- The veterinary college has a total of 185 faculty members, 93 of whom are veterinarians and 67 of whom are board-certified specialists
- According to U.S. News & World Report, about 82% of all classes at Purdue University have fewer than 50 students
Purdue University is home to Indiana's only veterinary college. The veterinary technology program at the school's main campus is very competitive and admits only 30 students per year. Admitted students can pursue either bachelor's or associate's degrees; additionally, the school offers a bachelor's degree completion program for graduates of veterinary technology associate's programs.
Students in both the 70-credit associate's program and the 128-credit bachelor's program take classes in pharmacology, dentistry, veterinary imaging, nutrition, and nursing of both small and large animals. Multiple clinical rotations are also required, and all students gain experience in the school's veterinary hospital.
Runner-Up #1: International Business College
- Has a student population just over 400
- According to the NCES, the veterinary technician program accounted for roughly 36% of all associate's degrees awarded in 2011-2012
- The veterinary technology program has a graduation rate of 91%, according to the school's website
- The school reports that veterinary technology students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 had a placement rate of 94% as of September 2012
Veterinary technology is the most popular area of study at International Business College. The curriculum includes courses in clinical medicine, veterinary pharmacology, anesthesia, radiology, and animal anatomy. An externship is required, and students can also gain experience in the school's kennel. A course that prepares students to take the VTNE is available as well. Among graduates who took the exam during 2011-2012, more than 78% passed on their initial attempt.
Runner-Up #2: Harrison College - Indianapolis
- The school has a kennel, as well as functioning radiology, surgical, and blood work equipment
- In 2011-2012, 84% of all undergraduates received grants or scholarships, per the NCES
Students enrolled in the 100-credit veterinary technology associate's program at Harrison College take courses in animal medicine, anatomy and physiology, medical ethics, surgical nursing, and parasitology. Students also complete a 360-hour veterinary technology externship and a certification review course. In addition, Harrison College offers a 36-credit certificate for aspiring veterinary assistants.