DVM Program Accreditation Information

Accreditation Status 

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine grants the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and is accredited by the Council on Education (COE) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) (https://www.avma.org/) located at 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
(phone: 800-248-2862).

Our most recent accreditation visit occurred September 30-October 4, 2018. We were informed on April 18, 2019, that we have been placed on Probationary Accreditation due to a deficiency in physical facilities, namely the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital facilities. This will not negatively impact our students’ DVM degrees. All students who are admitted, enrolled and graduate while we are on Probationary Accreditation will be graduates of an AVMA-accredited institution which allows them to seek professional licensure and practice veterinary medicine. The College has two years to correct this deficiency. We have secured funding and construction has begun on the new David and Bonnie Brunner Purdue Veterinary Medical Hospital Complex

NAVLE Information

The accreditation process requires outcomes assessments of various aspects of the program.  One such outcome assessment deals with performance on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE).  Students in the final year of their veterinary medical education must pass this examination to become licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.  Veterinary schools with less than 80% pass rate on the NAVLE are subject to loss of accreditation.  

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
North American Veterinary Licensing Exam Pass Rates

Class of:
Class Size
Number of Students Passing
PVM Ultimate Pass Rate Percentage*
2017 83 76 92%
2018 78 76 97%
2019 84 79 94%
2020 80 75 94%
2021 79 71 90%

* The American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education requires a minimum pass rate of 80%.

DVM Degree Retention and Completion

Graduating Class
Number of Students Admitted
Number of Students
Not Completing DVM
Absolute Attrition*
2015 84 4 4.8%
2016 84 5 6.0%
2017 84 0 0%
2018 84 4 4.8%
2019 84 2 2.4%
2020 84 4 4.8%

Additional Links

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Academic/Course Catalog

Required textbooks for DVM Curriculum

Veterinary License for State of Indiana

DVM Student Withdraw Process

Contact us:

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-7607

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