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majors_minors: Preveterinary Medicine


Preveterinary Medicine

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Tim Kerr

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Preveterinary medicine is not really a major, but rather is a collection of prerequisites for admission to Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine.  Students may enter the College of Agriculture in this category, but later must pick a major to pursue.  Students pursuing a wide variety of curricula may apply and be admitted to a veterinary college.

The preveterinary medicine curriculum includes courses that are required for admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program offered by the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. This program of study, coordinated by the College of Agriculture Office of Academic Programs, emphasizes the biological and physical sciences that are foundations for successful study of veterinary medicine. Also, the curriculum includes courses in communication and the social sciences.  Click here for a complete list of courses required for admission to Purdue's veterinary school.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)

(0.5) AGR 12400 (Introduction to College of Agriculture Pre Veterinary Medicine Program)

(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I)

(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)

(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)

Total Credits: 16

Second Semester

(4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II)

(4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)

(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

(3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)

(1) VM 10200 (Careers in Veterinary Medicine)

Total Credits: 15

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(3) ANSC 22100 (Principles of Animal Nutrition)

(3) BIOL 23100 (Biology III: Cell Structure and Function)

(2) BIOL 23200 (Laboratory in Biology III: Cell Structure and Function)

(3) CHM 25500 (Organic Chemistry)

(1) CHM 25501 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)

(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)

(3) Humanities selective

Total Credits: 18

Fourth Semester

(3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics)

(1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory)

(3) CHM 25600 (Organic Chemistry)

(1) CHM 25601 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)

(3) Agricultural selective

(3) Economics selective

(3) Social science selective

Total Credits: 17

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry)

(4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics)

(6) Agricultural selectives

(3) Humanities selective

Total Credits: 16

Sixth Semester

(4) BIOL 22100 (Introduction to Microbiology)

(4) PHYS 22100 (General Physics)

(7) Agricultural selectives

(3) Written or oral communication selective

Total Credits: 18

Additional Information

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue
To learn about the D.V.M. degree at Purdue including four-year plans of study, the statistical profile of the most recent entering class, frequently asked questions, etc., go to the vet school website.
Admission Criteria
In addition to courses, students must document animal experience, activities, work/volunteer hours, etc. Read what the vet school considers when choosing students.
As you prepare for application to Purdue's vet school, we want you to consider the following information.
Please consult the list of required courses for admission into Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine (see below).
•  Don't necessarily settle for the minimum. The list below indicates minimum criteria for consideration. Vet schools are looking for outstanding students. If you choose to do the minimum, it may impact your competitiveness in the selection process.
•  Choose a major that matches your interests and skills.  While striving for admission to vet school, choose to study something that leads you in a direction you wish to pursue.  You will work toward a Bachelor's degree, an important path in case you decide not to apply or you are not admitted to vet school.
•  Follow your undergraduate program of study regardless of minimums indicated. This means that, if your major requires two semesters of calculus, you should take two semesters of calculus.
•  Consider the rigor of the program.  If you choose to take courses elsewhere (either in summer or for one or more years prior to transfer to Purdue), make sure that it doesn't look like you are trying to avoid rigorous science and math courses at Purdue.
•  Obtain a transcript for each institution. Whether one or many courses, you will need to document all courses taken elsewhere with an original transcript when applying to the vet school.
•  Understand that all courses count in the overall GPA. The vet school factors all courses into an overall GPA. If you take courses elsewhere or retake courses at Purdue, all grades comprise this figure.
•  Plan to take a full load of 15-18 hours.  Purdue's vet school admissions personnel want to see that you, as an undergraduate, handled intensive credit loads so that they can presume that you, as a vet school student, will manage credit loads (18plus) of even more rigorous coursework.
•  Work with your undergraduate advisor.  Your advisor will not only know a lot about coursework here and elsewhere, but probably has a history of steering students in appropriate directions.  This person can be a valuable resource!
•  Take a good look at the vet school website. You'll find a lot of very useful information at this URL
including frequently asked questions, evaluation criteria for admission, DVM plan of study and statistical profile of the most recent entering class.

Core Subjects                         Semesters
Inorganic chemistry with lab             2
Organic chemistry with lab               2
Biochemistry+                                1
Biology with lab (diversity,
developmental, cell structure)           2
Genetics with lab                             1
Microbiology (general or
medical) with lab                             1
Nutrition(animal)                             1
Physics with lab                               2
Calculus                                         1
Statistics                                        1
English Composition                        1
Communication (interpersonal,
persuasion or speech)                     1
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
(if available)                                   1
Humanities (Foreign languages,
cognitive sciences, and social
sciences)                                        3

Comparing Veterinary Schools
If you wish to compare various veterinary medicine schools, the following resource may prove useful. Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR) lists all 28 United States vet schools and provides a lot of basic information.  New additions are released annually, in May or June.
Available through Purdue University Press
Vet Scholars
Exceptionally strong high school students may apply to participate in the Vet Scholars program. 6 or 7 students are selected each year based upon SAT/ACT scores and high school rank. These Vet Scholars are guaranteed slots in the vet school upon graduation from one of three Purdue majors if they have adhered to program guidelines. Click here to read about program requirements.
Applying to Vet School
Students may apply for Purdue's vet school before completing an undergraduate degree. They must finish the pre-requisite courses and document other required experiences. Some students admitted to vet school after three years simply bypass the Bachelor's degree.
3+ 1 Degree Program
It is possible to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in the animal sciences major and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree in seven years.*  This combined 3+1 program includes three years of pre-professional courses in the College of Agriculture and four years in the D.V.M. program. The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded after the student has successfully completed all first-year curricular requirements at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. To qualify for the Bachelor of Science degree under the 3+1 program, at least 100 pre-professional credits must be earned, and specified course requirements must be fulfilled in the animal sciences major. Contact an animal sciences academic advisor for specific requirements.
* Although it is possible to enter after three years, the number of students entering a veterinary college early under this program is relatively small.  The majority of students enter a veterinary college after completing four years of undergraduate study.
Attending school full time at Purdue does not establish you as an Indiana resident. Thus, out-of-state students attending Purdue and applying to Purdue's vet school will still be considered in the out-of-state candidate pool. To learn about establishing residency, contact Admissions at 765.494.8581 or click here.










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