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Information for Veterinary Nursing Class of 2027


We are looking forward to you starting your clinical year of the Veterinary Nursing (VN) program. In order to prepare for your arrival, we have created a webpage to provide you with a significant amount of information. It is essential you read through each section carefully. There are a few sections that have specific action items that you must complete by the provided deadlines. It is very important that all deadlines are met. Failure to meet deadlines will delay our preparation for your arrival this fall. Delays will affect everyone in the class so please be considerate of your classmates and complete tasks by slated deadlines.  Additionally, failure to complete these steps by the deadlines may result in canceling of your registration or inability for you to obtain required equipment or materials in time.

Please reach out if you have any questions. We are here to help! 

Lori L. Stout
Director of Admissions & Recruitment

Phone: 765-496-5000

Veterinary Nursing Student Support

 Dear Members of the VNRS Class of 2027,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our Veterinary Nursing Residential Program! As the program director, I am dedicated to ensuring that you will receive an education that is comprehensive and relevant to the field of veterinary medicine.

Our program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful veterinary nurse/technician. Our staff and faculty members are experts in the field, and they are committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals. We offer a variety of courses and laboratories that range from animal anatomy and physiology to surgical nursing and anesthesia.

Throughout your time in the program, you will have the opportunity to work with client-owned small and large animals in our veterinary teaching hospital as well as off-site externships. You will have access to advanced technology and equipment that will help prepare you for careers in private practice, industry, academia, government, and many other sectors. We at Purdue believe that hands-on experience is essential for your success as a veterinary nurse/technician.

We understand that the transition to the clinical years of our program can be challenging. However, we have a supportive network of faculty, staff, academic advisors, and fellow students who are here to assist you throughout your education. While enrolled, we encourage you to get involved in student organizations and attend campus and sporting events.

As you begin your journey, we highly encourage you to make the most of your time here. Take advantage of the numerous opportunities that our program and college have to offer. Stay committed to your studies and work hard to achieve your goals. Most importantly, remember that we are here to support and guide you every step of the way.

We are thrilled to have you join our program, and we are confident that your experience will be rewarding and fulfilling. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Best regards,

Chad R. Brown, DVM
Director of Veterinary Nursing Programs
Clinical Associate Professor

Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine

Welcome to Purdue Veterinary Medicine (PVM). We are excited to meet you this fall.

The Student Success Center team is dedicated to your success. Whether helping to answer your questions or connecting you with resources, we want to serve you in a timely, courteous, and professional manner. Our goal is to be part of the background and allow you to focus your energies on the important measure at hand—earning your Veterinary Nursing degree.

We encourage you to get involved in the many opportunities available to you as a veterinary student: student organizations, volunteering, research projects, or community service. There are even some paid student positions such as practice ambassadors or working as a student cleaner for Student Success. Also, each fall we host a PVM Career Fair and this is a great opportunity for you to connect with future internships and employers. 

We believe that your time here at PVM will be transformative, and we are honored to be part of your journey. Once again, welcome from the Student Success Center, and we look forward to supporting you as you pursue your passion.

PVM Policies and Releases

Please read all the policies and releases below. After you have read through all policies and releases, you will be asked to sign off that you have read and understand all PVM Policies. If you have question about any of the following policies, please contact or call 765-494-7614.

  • PVM Student Health Program Welcome Message
  • PVM Student Health Policy
  • Health Policy FAQ
  • Immunization Requirement Letter (Career Account login needed)
    • This can be used to send to your insurance company to verify the need for immunization
  • Student with a Compromised Immune System in the Veterinary Workplace
    People who experience medical conditions that compromise the immune system can also be at higher risk in a veterinary medical setting (workplace). Immunocompromised persons are at greater risk for contracting infections both from animal patients and the people in the workplace. Immunocompromised persons are advised to consult with their physician regarding their risks in the veterinary workplace. They are invited and encouraged to discuss their concerns and needs for scheduling adjustments or for personal protective equipment (PPE) with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. It is further understood that the instructional program will not be significantly modified, and that the College will work within reasonable constraints to revise the student’s schedule if needed. Should accommodations be needed, you will be referred to the Purdue University Disability Resource Center.
  • Health Insurance Attestation
    Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine requires that all students have a current health insurance plan. Students must maintain one through the entirety of the professional program and must sign a health insurance attestation each academic year. If requested, students must present proof of health insurance plan to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Failure to maintain health insurance will result in being unable to enroll in classes.
  • If this is your first semester at Purdue, complete the State Immunization Requirements for enrolled students.  Click on Patient Portal to access the requirements. (New students will not have access to this portal until the first day of class.)

The Buckley Amendment or the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the transmittal of any “non-directory” information about you without your written consent. We would like to be able to transmit information in response to appropriate requests that we may receive. Information that would be transmitted may include but not be limited to: composite photos, grade point averages and class rank for such items as honors, awards and scholarship opportunities, candidacy for membership in organizations, reduction for insurance premiums and recommendations for various programs or other opportunities. Parties that may occasionally request information may include but not be limited to the Admissions Committee, Curriculum Committee, and an individual faculty member acting upon a request made by you. In order to allow us to transmit information, we are asking that you waive your rights under FERPA to require written approval for each request that we may receive.

Additionally, please consent to electronic transmission of academic information using your account. 

I will only access information and data necessary to do legitimate work/educational activities.

I will not discuss or share patient or client information with another individual unless it is necessary for that individual to perform their work/educational activities, and they are authorized to have access to that information.

I will not allow unauthorized persons to access or view patient or client information in the medical record or on the computer.  I will not leave medical records or patient or client information on computer screens, printers, or fax machines unattended in public or semi-public areas.

I will exercise discretion in conducting conversations, which would reveal confidential information while in public or semi-public areas such as hallways, cafeterias, etc.

I will not remove any medical records from the VTH, unless authorized to do so.

I accept the responsibility for protecting my personal log-in and password, and will not share my personal log-in or password with others.  I will inform my supervisor/VTH Director if I have reason to believe that anyone may have learned or has used my personal log-in or password for accessing computer systems at the VTH, so that log-in/password can then be changed.

I will inform my supervisor/VTH Director if I observe an unauthorized person harming or accessing any VTH computer system through inappropriate use.

This policy applies to all SVM employees and students, and violation of this policy is considered unprofessional and unethical according to the Principle of Veterinary Medical Ethics of the AVMA.

I do hereby give permission to Purdue University, its agents, and others working under its authority, full and free use of photographs and video taken of me during my time at Purdue. I understand these images may be used for promotional, news and/or educational purposes (i.e. websites, media releases, print and electronic publications, etc.) I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the University and its agents from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action that I may hereafter have by reason of anything contained in the photographs or video. 

PVM Policy Agreement Form

You must read all the policies and releases above prior to signing this form!

Deadline to submit: Wednesday, August 7, 2024

Incoming Action Items

Veterinary Nursing Educational Equipment and Clothing Requirements

A specific set of supplies and PVM clothing has been developed. These items are of higher quality to ensure their durability of use. The Vet Shoppe is your official supplier for educational equipment and supplies that are needed at Purdue. The supplies you order from Vet Shoppe will be distributed to you during orientation on August 19, 2024.  As a reminder, all Veterinary Nursing students much purchase the Veterinary Nursing Supply Bundle without modifications or substitutions. 

Due to the nature of custom printed apparel (embroidered names), we cannot accept returns or exchanges of any items unless the merchandise is misprinted from what you submitted when you ordered. It is imperative that you review and follow the sizing charts provided on the order website.


DEADLINE TO ORDER AND PAY is Friday, June 7, 2024.




Corresponding Address: 

Purdue Veterinary Medicine
Vet Shoppe
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

In an effort to prepare for your arrival, please fill out the STUDENT INFORMATION FORM with the following information:

  • Preferred Name
  • Preferred Pronouns
  • Phonetic spelling of name
  • Dietary considerations

Deadline to submit student information: Friday, June 16, 2023

Submit audio file pronunciation of your first and last name. 
  • We suggest using your cellphone to make the recording.
  • Email file to 
    • Name the file: LastName_FirstName (ex. Stout_Lori)

Deadline to submit audio pronunciation: Friday, June 16, 2023

Textbook information is available in myPurdue the Schedule of Classes. You can shop for textbooks at any vendor of your choice. Please use the ISBN when searching for textbooks to ensure you are ordering the correct edition of the textbook. Textbook information will be available in myPurdue in mid-July.

Helpful Resources

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments. However, there may be times when there are aspects of the instruction or design of your courses that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement. When that is the case, the DRC staff will work with you to arrange for accommodations. For more information from the DRC: Student Accommodations & Services - Disability Resource Center - Purdue University.

To ensure you have an accessible experience at Purdue, it is recommended that you connect with the Disability Resource (DRC) Center 4-6 weeks in advance before the start of your first class if you need accommodations. The first step to registering with the DRC is to fill out a Request for Accommodation Application.  If you have any documentation of your diagnosis you can upload it to the application. The DRC will reach out to schedule an appointment with you and determine if you are eligible for accommodations. Student can request accommodations at any point in their education. 

If you have questions regarding accommodations, please feel free to reach out to the main DRC office at 765-494-1247 or by emailing  

In class/lab accommodations are managed in partnership between yourself, your instructor, and your access consultant.

If you have testing accommodations, Student Services will schedule all the tests (not quizzes) for the semester after they receive your approved accommodation letter from the DRC.  

Please bookmark the Vet Med Library page

This page contains links to the top e-resources for PVM students, faculty, and staff.

Regular hours of operation for Vet Med Library (fall and spring semesters):

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 1:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00-8:00 p.m. 

After hours, PVM students and staff may swipe into the Vet Med Library using their PVM ID.

Closing policies: Vet Med Library staff will begin closing procedures fifteen minutes before closing time. Please collect your belongings and leave the library at this time. After the staff person has finished closing the library’s stacks and turned off the lights in the staff office space, you may swipe back into the Library.

Loan periods per item type

Core Collection print materials: 16 weeks

Reference books (print): in-library use only

Journals (print): 16 weeks

Ebooks: loan period varies by publisher—consider downloading one chapter at a time, as needed (downloading the entire book may prevent others from having access)

Use the online catalog at to find what you need—you can find both print and electronic resources using the catalog.

Copier room information

You can use the Purdue IT printers/photocopiers in the Library to scan documents and email/save to USB, free of charge. Printing uses your Purdue IT printing quota and costs $.05/page. Please report copier problems and refund requests to Purdue IT at 4-4000 (leave message and they will contact you). The Vet Med Library copier room also includes a charging station for laptops and mobile devices, and a hot water dispenser for making tea, ramen noodles, etc.

Study room reservation

The four study rooms in the Vet Med Library may be reserved at You may reserve a study room for up to two consecutive one-hour time slots.

Other Vet Med Library policies

  • You must present a photo ID (Purdue ID or PVM ID (preferred); driver’s license or passport also work) to check out materials from the Purdue Libraries. No exceptions.
  • The study carrels are the designated quiet space in the Vet Med Library. The large commons area and the group study rooms are not considered quiet spaces.

Questions? Please contact librarian Jane Yatcilla at