Application Process and Requirements

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**Announcements for 2017-2018 VMCAS application cycle**

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED!! The AAVMC’s Admissions & Recruitment Committee (ARC) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) have made a decision to extend the VMCAS 2018 Application Deadline to Friday, September 29, 2017, @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time for all applicants. 
  • For applicants applying for the 2017-2018 VMCAS application cycle, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine no longer requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) because we acknowledge research that indicates it is a biased assessment.  We will not consider any GRE scores submitted as part of our application process. Applicants, therefore, do not need to submit their GRE scores to Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Purdue does not have a supplemental application or fee. All application materials must be submitted via VMCAS.

Pre-veterinary Minimum Course Requirements

Students interested in a veterinary medical education at Purdue must complete the required undergraduate course work by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the DVM program. Each required course must be completed with a "C -" grade (1.7 on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants also must maintain a competitive cumulative grade point average. Prerequisite Course Requirements

Applicants with questions regarding the courses offered at their undergraduate institution that satisfy the prerequisites should email Applicants must have a cumulative GPA (including all grades from repeated courses) of no less than 3.00 to receive consideration.

Complete the VMCAS Application

Applicants wishing to apply to the College of Veterinary Medicine must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) by Friday, September 29, 2017, @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time  Late application will not be accepted.

For more information on the VMCAS Application Cycle, please visit VMCAS.

New Essay Prompts

Three new personal essay prompts have been added to the 2017-2018 VMCAS application. Each essay allows for 1000 characters. All essays must be submitted for the application to be complete.

  1. There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals?
  2. In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?
  3. Consider the breadth of society which we serve. What attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?

Submit Official Transcripts to VMCAS

All transcripts should be sent to directly to VMCAS by Friday, September 29, 2017, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time or earlier. Late transcripts will not be accepted. All VMCAS applications undergo Transcript Verification before being released to the veterinary schools.  VMCAS matches the coursework you entered line by line against your official transcript to ensure you have correctly entered your courses. For more information on transcript verification, please visit:

Transcripts must be submitted from all institutions you attended and/or received college credit. Failure to submit all transcripts could result in an incomplete application. Transcripts sent to Purdue will not be evaluated as a part of your application. 


Electronic Letters of Recommendation (ELOR)

A minimum of three electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR) are required as part of the application process. Purdue University requests that one of the evaluators be a veterinarian. eLOR must be submitted by Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

We recommend registering your evaluators as soon as you begin the application process to give the evaluators ample time to complete your letter of recommendation. For more information about the evaluation process, visit:

Required Interview

Purdue University hosts a required interview for all of those who are invited. Interviews are held the last two Fridays of January. Invitations for interviews will be sent out in mid-December. 

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