Strategic Themes

Strategic Plan


The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine seeks to globally advance animal health and welfare and human health through excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement, as the leading veterinary college for the comprehensive education of the entire veterinary team and for discovery and engagement in selected areas of veterinary and comparative biomedical sciences.  Our strategic plan is built around three main themes:


Our strengths as a college relate to five focus areas that are foundational to each theme:


PVM educates career-ready veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and scientists who are prepared to enter diverse types of positions in private practice, industry, government and academia. PVM is one of only four veterinary colleges in the U.S. that educates all members of the veterinary team.


PVM faculty collaborate with scholars in other colleges on the Purdue University campus and at the Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as with scientists at universities, research institutions and companies across the U.S. and abroad.


PVM recognizes the importance of agriculture to Indiana and the world. We provide healthcare to farm animals, lead teams of scientists to solve problems affecting human and animal health (e.g. antimicrobial resistance), and educate the veterinary professionals who will protect the safety and security of our food supply.


PVM values our faculty, staff, and students as our greatest resources. We will provide opportunities for the members of our PVM family to enhance their technical and non-technical skills, which are essential for excellence in service and scholarship.


Having recognized the need for new facilities, PVM is working with the University to create a master plan for an expanded veterinary medical complex. Already, construction of a new veterinary hospital is underway.  The new hospital facilities are expected to be complete by 2022 and will include additional space for the Small Animal Hospital as well as new Equine and Farm Animal Hospitals. PVM continues to persistently plan for the future, investing in equipment and facilities needed for state-of-the art clinical and diagnostic services, leading-edge research, and modern learning environments for our students.


Our vision is to advance global animal and human health and well-being through transformational and interdisciplinary research.


  • Launch a PVM-centered Antimicrobial Resistance initiative focused on developing diagnostic tools and vaccines, enhancing the microbiome, and protecting food animal health and welfare.  
  • Advance cancer research through the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program.
  • Increase research in neuroscience through faculty involvement with the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience.
  • Address emerging mental health issues through research in human-animal interaction.
  • Lead collaborative research on orthopedics and musculoskeletal diseases.
  • Actively promote the skills and expertise of PVM researchers and the value of their research.
  • Actively facilitate clinical research and expand clinical trials.
  • Expand cross-university interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Increase educational opportunities for undergraduate, DVM, and graduate students to participate in and advance PVM research.


Our vision is that PVM graduates will excel in their choice of veterinary/biomedical careers.


  • Continuously improve the new curriculum, based on assessments of student performance, NAVLE and VTNE pass rates, and program outcomes, with further integration of Veterinary Nursing and DVM courses.
  • Develop new and innovative methods of clinical teaching in year 4 of the DVM curriculum that focus on achievement of entry-level competencies within a positive learning environment.
  • Use the AAVMC Competency Framework and Entrustable Professional Activities to map our DVM curriculum to program outcomes (competencies).
  • Implement activities and programs to help students acclimate to the demands of professional programs and promote student success.
  • Continuously improve Clinical Skills Lab utilization and resources.  
  • Continue to support student wellness with counseling resources and activities that promote self-care and wellbeing.
  • Provide faculty and instructional staff development opportunities to foster student-centered, outcomes-based learning and improved assessments.
  • Increase curricular opportunities for active learning and development of communication, leadership, management, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.


Our vision is to be a recognized authority for animal and public health through collaborations in medical care, diagnostics, education, and discovery.


  • Be an expert resource for the profession and the public in PVM’s areas of excellence.
  • Provide excellent client service and patient care.
  • Continuously improve and develop new hospital and diagnostic laboratory services based on medical and scientific advances that are responsive to client needs.
  • Promote PVM hospital and diagnostic services through a robust website and social media presence, online educational materials, and regular communications.
  • Streamline delivery and billing of hospital and diagnostic lab services (clinical, diagnostic and research) for both internal and external clients.
  • Establish the Caesars Entertainment Equine Specialty Hospital, in Shelbyville, Ind., as a center of excellence for advanced diagnostic imaging and a premier performance horse veterinary hospital.
  • Elevate the PVM brand by promoting our people, programs, and values through news releases, social media, and immersive onsite and virtual visitor experiences.
  • Increase and grow impactful global partnerships that facilitate the educational and discovery opportunities required to develop globally conscious veterinarians and veterinary nurses.
  • Globally promote veterinary/biomedical careers and animal health by delivering P-12 and undergraduate programming through community, practice, academic, industry, and governmental partnerships.

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