Purdue Veterinary School

Purdue Veterinary School strives to be the leading veterinary school for comprehensive education and for discovery and engagement in veterinary and comparative biomedical sciences. Read on to see why their veterinary team approach leads the way!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Purdue Veterinary School sees over 35,000 patients per year in its small animal hospital, large animal hospital and ambulatory clinics. Purdue Veterinary School also has an Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab which examines over 210,000 patients annually in addition to 23,000 accessions and 1700 necropsies. The Purdue Veterinary School has three main academic departments – Basic Medical Sciences, Comparative Pathobiology, and Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Purdue University Veterinary School has a traditional 4-year, 150 credit hour program. Years 1 and 2 are mostly classroom lectures and lab. In the junior year, the student begins their core/elective curriculum.

The fourth year of the Purdue Veterinary School curriculum includes a 6-week externship and seventeen 3-week blocks. These blocks are customized based upon the student’s chosen track. Available tracks include the following:

• Mixed Animal Practice
• Companion Animal Practice
• Small Animal Practice
• Food Animal Practice
• Large Animal Practice
• Equine Practice
• Non-Practice Option



The Purdue University Veterinary School is located at Lynn Hall. Lynn Hall houses the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, classrooms, Veterinary Library, and offices. The Department of Comparative Pathobiology is housed in the College of Agriculture.

Purdue Veterinary School


Student Services Center
Phone: (765) 494-7893
Email: vetadmissions@purdue.edu

Purdue University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Lynn Hall, 1185
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2026


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute. Results must be electronically reported by October 1.

3. Students
289 students are currently enrolled in the four year DVM program.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2014-2015 tuition rates for the DVM degree

In State Tuition: $77,712 ($19,428/year)
Out of State Tuition:
$177,024 ($44,256/year)

Total for Room & Board: $41,875 ($10,469/year)
Total for Books & Supplies: $5,380 ($1,345)

5. Accreditation
Purdue University Veterinary School was given
full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The last site visit was in October 2011 and the next site visit scheduled is 2018.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate for Purdue Veterinary School: 94% (Class of 2012)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
Purdue Veterinary School was ranked #14 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Purdue University Veterinary School was initially called the School of Veterinary Science and Medicine. Its first class graduated in 1963. Purdue’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital was constructed in 1960 and is located in Lynn Hall. The hospital underwent a major rehabilitation and expansion in 1995.

8. Transfer Students

Admissions Information

Evaluation Criteria

1. Preliminary Review –includes GPA , test scores, and pre-requsite course completion. Minimum GPA is 2.75 for Indiana residents, 3.00 for non-residents.
2. In-depth Review
3. Personal Interview

Evaluation Weighting

Grades, test scores, academic courses – 55%

Animal, research, and general work experiences, extracurricular activities, personal statement, overall presentation of application, honors and awards, references and interview – 45%

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

• Veterinarian (at least 1 is recommended)
• Others of student’s choice


Acceptance Rate
10% (84 accepted out of 812 applicants – Class of 2015).

Out of the typical 84 of the accepted incoming students at Purdue University Veterinary School:

• 42 are for residents
• 42 are for non-residents


• GRE Score Deadline – Oct 1
• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• Supplemental Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• Interviews take place in January
• Acceptances Mailed –February

Before you Apply
If you plan on applying to Purdue Veterinary School, you will need to complete all courses by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation. A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed. 
Prerequisite classes do not have a time limit or expiration; however all pre-requisite courses must be completed with a C- or better.

Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C- or better. For Purdue University Veterinary School, all pre-requisite courses must by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation, with the exception of animal nutrition, that can be completed the summer prior to matriculation.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses

• Inorganic chemistry with lab (2)
• Organic chemistry with lab (2)
• *Biochemistry (1)
• Biology with lab (diversity, developmental, cell structure) (2)
• Genetics (1)
• Microbiology (general or medical) with lab (1)
• Animal Nutrition (1)
• Physics with lab (2)
• Calculus (1)
• Statistics (1)

*This course should be a completed as an upper-division course; half of a 2-semester sequence will not satisfy this requirement.

General Education Requirements (semesters)

• Humanities and Social Sciences (3)
• English Composition (1)
• Communication (1)
• Careers in Veterinary Medicine – if available (1)

Required Experience
Veterinary Experience
Veterinary medical experience is not required, but it is recommended at Purdue Vet School. Experience can be a part of clinical, medical, agribusiness, health science or medical related scientific research experience.


Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2015

Total Applications…………………………812
Number of IN Residents…………………..113
Number of Non-Resident………………………699
Number of International…………………………7
Mean cumulative GPA…………………………3.56


Degrees Offered


• BS in Veterinary Technology
• AS in Veterinary Technology


• Basic Medical Sciences
• Comparative Pathobiology
• Veterinary Clinical Sciences


• Combined DVM-MS
• Combined DVM-PhD
• Combined DVM-MPH