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
In addition to courses, students must document animal experience, activities, work/volunteer hours, etc. Click here
to 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!
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
Biology with lab (diversity,
developmental, cell structure) 2
Genetics with lab 1
Microbiology (general or
medical) with lab 1
Physics with lab 2
English Composition 1
persuasion or speech) 1
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
(if available) 1
Humanities (Foreign languages,
cognitive sciences, and social
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
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 765.494.1776 or click here