Prospective Student Information
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 the 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).
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. View Our NAVLE passrates.
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The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine offers the option to simultaneously pursue a veterinary degree and graduate training leading to a MS or PhD degree. Learn More
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Veterinary Scholars Program. This program is designed to recruit highly qualified high school students to our DVM Program by offering the opportunity for early admission. Learn More
No matter your age, there is always something you can do to help make your dream of becoming a veterinarian come true. Grade, middle, and high school students start here!