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The College of Veterinary Medicine strives to become the leading veterinary school for comprehensive education of the veterinary team and for discovery and engagement in selected areas of veterinary medicine and comparative biomedical sciences. To better prepare individuals for veterinary medical careers in the twenty-first century, our curriculum emphasizes the veterinary team approach, problem-solving, and hands-on experience.
We welcome prospective students to review the information below about Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine program. (Grade, middle, and high school students start here!)
DVM Program Information
The DVM curriculum consists of four years of courses. Success in these courses is dependent upon a strong knowledge base gained from pre-veterinary course requirements. The first two years of the curriculum focus on the basic sciences while the third and fourth years focus on clinical sciences. A minimum of 18 credits per semester is required in years 1-3. Additional elective courses may be taken. Learn More
Enrollment in Purdue Veterinary Medicine is limited and admission is competitive. A diverse class is selected by a process using various academic and non-academic factors including animal and veterinary experience, research experience, work experience, extracurricular activities, evidence of leadership, verbal and written skills and references. View Enrollment Data
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).
In Fall of 2020, 1st, 2nd and 3rd year DVM classes follow the traditional Academic Calendar.
In Spring of 2021, 1st and 2nd year DVM classes follow the traditional Academic Calendar; 3rd year classes will begin Wednesday, January 6, 2021 with finals beginning April 26, 2021.
All DVM graduates are required to pass the North American Veterinary Licensure Exam (NAVLE) prior to practicing veterinary medicine. Additionally, each state has specific licensure requirements as dictated by their state’s Veterinary Medical Practice Act and/or their state’s Professional Licensing Agencies.
Employment and general career data from our recent DVM graduates including both Purdue and national averages.