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The 2022-2023 VMCAS application cycle is now Closed. The 2023-2024 application cycle will open in January 2023.

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  September 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern  Time. 

  • Applicants interested in a veterinary medical education at Purdue must have a cumulative GPA (including all grades from repeated courses) of no less than 3.10 to receive consideration. Applicants who submit an application with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.10 will automatically denied. 
  • Late application will not be accepted.
  • For more information on the VMCAS Application Cycle, please visit  VMCAS.

Official Transcripts to VMCAS

All transcripts should be sent to directly to VMCAS by September 15, 2023  at 11:59 PM Eastern Time or earlier. Late transcripts will not be accepted.

Instructions for submitting transcripts

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.

Information on transcript verification

Transcripts must be submitted from all institutions you attended and/or received college credit (This includes any high school/college dual credit coursework). Failure to submit all transcripts will result in an incomplete application. Transcripts sent directly to Purdue will not be evaluated as a part of your application.  

Recommendations

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 September 15, 2023  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. Purdue University will only accept evaluations submitted through VMCAS. Letters of recommendation sent to Purdue directly will not be evaluated as part of your application. For more information about the evaluation process, visit:  https://www.aavmc.org/becoming-a-veterinarian/how-to-apply/recommendations/

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is a one-page essay (not to exceed 3,000 characters) that gives veterinary admissions committees a clear picture of who you are and, most importantly, why you want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Although there is no set of rules mandating what a strong personal statement should include, here are a few tips to help you successfully craft an effective personal statement:
  • Explain a defining moment that helped steer you toward a career in veterinary medicine. Consider using that moment as the focal point of your essay.
  • Be original and thoughtful: Discuss how you would contribute to the profession and patient care, all of which will help you stand out from other applicants.
  • As you are telling us why you want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, explain why you are a good candidate for veterinary school. Ask yourself—in a pile of 100 applications, would I enjoy reading my statement? Be sure to convey your passion for veterinary medicine in your statement.
  • Many of you have had meaningful experiences with animals or veterinarians as children and these are important but should only be mentioned briefly.
  • Your application materials already contain a summary of your accomplishments, so avoid repeating information from your transcripts or reference letters.
  • Give yourself time to organize your thoughts, write well and edit as necessary.
  • Ask yourself if this essay is a good representation of your character, ideals and aspirations.
  • Don’t forget to proofread!

Required Virtual Assessment

After a holistic application review is complete, applicants advancing in the admissions process will be invited to partake in an asynchronous virtual assessment (formerly interview) using Kira Platform. Invitations for assessments will be sent out in mid-December via email to the applicants VMCAS entered email address.

Contact us:

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