Access to Animal-Related Careers (A2RC)

A2RCAre you interested in:

  • Becoming a Veterinarian?
  • Working closely with veterinary faculty, staff, and students?
  • Gaining hands-on experience with large, small, and exotic animals?
  • Receiving tools for becoming a stronger DVM candidate?

If so, the A2RC Program is for you!

Program Overview

Access to Animal-Related Careers (A2RC) is a faculty-driven summer program coordinated by the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion. This two-week residential program is targeted to second, third, and fourth year historically and currently underrepresented in veterinary medicine (URVM) pre-vet undergraduates from across the country. The curriculum gives participants a glimpse of life as a Purdue DVM first-year student. Participants will interact with veterinarians, professors, veterinary technicians, and also meet PVM students and alumni. Included are sessions to increase competitiveness for entry into a DVM program. Eligible students will be invited to apply for the A2RC Scholars Program (a Purdue DVM early admissions program).

A2RC is designed to show historically underrepresented students that there is a place for them in the veterinary medical profession, nurture and enhance their interest in the profession, and introduce them to the Purdue Veterinary Medicine experience.


The A2RC program is scheduled for May 13-26, 2018.

a2rc program groupEvents Schedule

The A2RC program is designed to give students a realistic view of what to expect as a first year veterinary student here at PVM. Students will receive a range of experiences within PVM, at various cultural centers on campus, and scheduled educational and social activities in Indiana. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Admissions to the DVM Program

  • A PVM representative will discuss with participants the necessary requirements for applying to a DVM program, and the qualities that make an ideal candidate for veterinary school. There will also be a chance to participate in a “mock interview,” similar to one a student would receive when interviewing for veterinary school.


Animal Behavior and Welfare

  • Students will learn about various aspects of large and small animal behavior. They will also learn about research taking place at PVM to safeguard the well-being of animals and strengthen the human-animal bond. 


Applications and Integrations

  • A course unique to PVM, Applications and Integrations (A&I) allows students to engage in working through a medical case by brainstorming possible diseases, diagnostics, physiology, and treatment options. In small groups, students are guided through a case by a Veterinarian, giving a small presentation at the end of the case.



  • Students will receive an introductory lesson on cardiology and be able to learn how to use various diagnostic tools to listen to and evaluate the heart.


Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

  • A2RC participants will learn what it is like to work in the fast-paced environment of Emergency and Critical Care and what is expected of a Veterinarian in this area of veterinary medicine.


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  • A2RC participants will learn with props and also gain hands-on experience with large (ex. cattle, swine, horses) and small (ex. dogs, poultry, small mammalian exotics) animals. Experiences include but are not limited to: physical examinations, restraint, grooming, milking, ophthalmology, and catheter placement.


International Programs

  • PVM’s Director of International Programs will share with A2RC participants the various places students have traveled during their matriculation at PVM, and ways in which it is possible for a veterinary student to do so.


Off Campus Activities

  • During down time, students will be able to participate in a fun group activity on campus or within the college town of West Lafayette.



  • One of PVM’s very own Parasitologists will give an introductory lesson on parasites, followed by teaching participants various diagnostics that can be used to find them.  


Stress Management

  • PVM’s Therapist will discusses potential stressors faced during veterinary school and ways to combat stress in order to ensure optimum wellness.


groupSwine and Dairy Production in Indiana

  • Students will have the opportunity to travel to visit Purdue University’s Dairy Unit to learn more about dairy operations. Participants will also receive exposure to smaller scale production farms within the area, and travel to Fair Oaks Farms to learn about larger production management within the swine and dairy industries in Indiana.


Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

  • A Veterinary radiologist will talk to students about introductory diagnostic imaging and walk through steps for how to create the best images to assist in disease diagnosis

If interested, please contact the PVM Office for Diversity and Inclusion at

Access to Animal Related Careers 2017

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