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Announcements for 2020-2021 Application Cycle

  • Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many higher education institutions around the country are opting for a Pass/Not Pass grading option and online instruction, therefore, the following changes are in effect: 
    1. For the spring 2020 and summer 2020 terms only:
      • We will accept a grade of "P" (pass) for any prerequisite courses taken during these terms.
    2. For the spring, summer, and fall 2020 and spring 2021 terms:
      • We will accept online lecture and lab courses taken during these terms. 
  • The online CASPer assessment tool is required.
    • CASPer is an online evaluation which assesses attributes and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program.
    • The CASPer website has all testing dates and deadlines for Purdue University. The test is not required to be completed by the September 15th VMCAS deadline. 

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, 2020, @ 11:59 PM Eastern  Time. 

Late application will not be accepted.

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

Essay Prompts

The following three essays questions are required as part of the VMCAS application. Failure to complete these essays could result in your application being incomplete. 

  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?

Official Transcripts to VMCAS

All transcripts should be sent to directly to VMCAS by September 15, 2020, 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 (This includes any high school/college dual credit coursework). Failure to submit all transcripts could result in an incomplete application. Transcripts sent directly to Purdue will not be evaluated as a part of your application.  



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, 2020 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:


The CASPer Test:  Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

All applicants who are applying to the DVM program at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer™), to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 application cycle.   Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.  

CASPer is an online test which assesses for attributes and interpersonal characteristics  we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools we use for applicant screening.  In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.  All applications are reviewed holistically and the information CASPer provides will be of additional benefit to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Committee. 

The CASPer test is not required to be completed by the September 15th deadline. Testing dates and deadlines for Purdue University are listed on the CASPer website. For more information about the CASPer and to register for a testing date,  please visit:

Altus Assessments has released Casper Snapshot, an extension of the Casper Test to help aid in the admissions process. Our program will NOT be requiring our applicants to complete Snapshot for this admissions cycle, however, please note that because of its one-time completion, other programs you are applying to may require it. You can learn more about Snapshot at the Casper site.

Required Interview

After a holistic application review is complete, applicants advancing in the admissions process will be invited to an on-campus required interview. Invitations for interviews will be sent out in mid-December via email to the applicants VMCAS entered email address.  Interviews are held at Purdue University-West Lafayette campus the last two Fridays in January. 

Contact us:

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

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