Veterinary Technician/Nurse (Large Animal Surgery)

Job Summary


The Purdue University Veterinary Hospital is looking for an enthusiastic credentialed veterinary technician to work with our Large Animal Surgery Team. This team works closely with both equine and farm animal surgeons and residents assisting with a wide variety of orthopedic, soft tissue and standing surgeries, both pre and post-operative recheck appointments, and hospitalized patient treatments. The Large Animal Surgery team works Monday-Friday with rotating on-call responsibilities for nights, weekends, and holidays. Pay starts at $19/hour for Associate’s degree and no experience, and $21/hour for Bachelor’s degree and no experience. Candidates with previous RVT experience and/or additional certifications may be eligible for a higher starting rate. As a university employee, veterinary staff are afforded a generous benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and retirement contributions.


The veterinary technicians at Purdue have the opportunity to continually learn new skills and techniques. This knowledge leads to teaching those skills to veterinary and veterinary nursing students. We are looking for someone with a good base knowledge of surgical assisting and animal handling as well as having a great attitude and desire to learn.


The Purdue Veterinary Hospital values credentialed veterinary technicians for the skill and knowledge they bring to the hospital, students, and patients. Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is a beautiful campus that supports both a College of Veterinary Medicine as well as an Associate and Bachelor degree program in Veterinary Nursing. All veterinary nurses in the hospital teach and mentor students throughout the year.

This posting may be filled at multiple levels (S3 or S4). The hiring manager will determine the job level based on the skills, experience, and qualifications of the selected candidate.

S3 requirements:

  • Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology

S4 requirements:

  • Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program
  • Two years of experience as a credentialed veterinary technician



  • Graduate of AVMA accredited veterinary technology program
  • Must be RVT in Indiana within 12 months of starting employment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willing to teach clinical skills and concepts to students
  • Ability to work under pressure in emergency situations




  • Experience working with horses, cows, pigs, goats, and sheep
  • Large animal surgery experience
  • Experience working in a veterinary teaching hospital or specialty veterinary hospital 


Additional Information:


  • Purdue will not sponsor work authorization for this position.
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing.
  • FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement:  Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply


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Our culture is marked by enthusiasm about community development, smart communication, technological advances, scientific research, and global responsibility. If you have a strong desire to learn, as well as teach; are looking for amazing benefits; and appreciate a diverse and welcoming population and workforce, then apply today to join the PVM Family!

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette