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Purdue University

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Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Lynn Hall, 1185
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2026
Telephone: (765) 494-7893

Purdue University is located in one of the largest metropolitan centers in northwestern Indiana. Greater Lafayette occupies a site on the Wabash River 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 126 miles southeast of Chicago. The combined population of the twin cities, Lafayette and West Lafayette, exceeds 100,000. The community offers an art museum, historical museum, 1,600 acres of public parks, and more than 60 churches of all major denominations.
Purdue ranks among the 25 largest colleges and universities in the nation. Students represent all 50 states and many foreign countries. Purdue University has the second highest enrollment of international students of any college in the United States. The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will be the leading veterinary school for comprehensive education of the veterinary team and for discovery and engagement in selected areas of veterinary and comparative biomedical sciences. To better prepare individuals for veterinary medical careers in the twenty-first century, our curriculum emphasizes the veterinary team approach, problem-solving and hands-on experiences.
Application Information

For specific application information, please refer to the contact information listed above. Purdue Veterinary Medicine requires a brief supplemental application. The application can be obtained at The deadline for submission is October 2, 2013.

Each veterinary class has 84 students. The class will be seated with approximately 50% residents and 50% nonresident students.
Prerequisites for Admission
The course requirements outlined below are considered the minimum prerequisite courses to be completed. Grades no lower than C- must be received in each required course in order to be considered eligible for admission. In the electives category, humanities include languages, cognitive sciences, and social sciences. Other courses that are recommended to prepare you for the rigors of the professional program can be found on our web site.
Course requirements and number of 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 (must be animal based) 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
Note: Complete course sequences should be followed rather than focusing on the number of semesters.
Required undergraduate GPA: the mean cumulative GPA of the entering class in the fall of 2012 was 3.59 on a 4.00 scale. The minimum cumulative GPA required for consideration is 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
AP credit policy: will be accepted if it appears on official college transcripts by subject area and is equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework. Should your institutions official transcript not list the subject area, then you may submit an unofficial transcript with a letter explaining this and indicating which prerequisite courses are met by these credits.
Course completion deadline: minimum prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation with the exception of Animal Nutrition which may be taken in the summer but must be completed prior to matriculation.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is required. Test scores must be received no later than October 1 of the year of application. As of 2013 application cycle, Purdue University will only accept scores of the revised GRE.Use the Grad School GRE code of 1631. There is no last date to complete the GRE.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal/veterinary/research experience
Recommendations/evaluations (3 required; strongly suggested that one reference is from a veterinarian)
Personal Statement
Employment record
Extracurricular college experience including leadership experience
Collegiate Honors and Awards
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Purdue Supplemental Application deadline: October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Date interviews are held: January
Date acceptances mailed: February
Classes begin: late August
Deposit (to hold place in class): $250.00 for residents; $1,000.00 for nonresidents. Deposit applied to tuition after matriculation.
Deferments: request for deferments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation criteria
The admission process consists of:
A preliminary review based upon grade point indices, test scores, and prerequisite course completion
An in-depth review of selected applicants
A personal interview by invitation is required
% Weight
Grades, test scores, overall academic performance  — 55% weight (including honors courses, study abroad)
Animal, veterinary, research, and general work experiences, extracurricular activities, personal statement, overall presentation of application materials, honors and awards, references, and interview — 45% weight
2012–2013 Applicant Summary

Number of Applicants           Number of New Entrants
Resident              117                                          42        
Nonresident              632                                          42
International                 18                                            **
Total              767                                          84
*International available seats are combined into non-resident number

Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $19,326
Nonresident $44,154
Dual-Degree Programs
Combined DVM-MS and DVM-PhD degree programs are available and tailored to suit the student’s goals. Combined DVM-MPH degree program is available in cooperation with the University of Minnesota.
Early Admission Program
The Veterinary Scholars Program provides an opportunity for early admission into the professional program by accepting high-school seniors who have an outstanding high school academic record defined as:
1. rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class or have a GPA > 3.50/4.00
2. have attained a combined SAT score > 1930 or composite ACT score > 28
3. strong science and mathematics background
Applicants must be admitted to Purdue University in a major of their choice. They must complete and submit the Veterinary Scholars application and all supporting materials by May 1st of the year in which they would begin their undergraduate program. Applicants are required to participate in personal interviews which are held on the Purdue campus, if invited. Students admitted to the program must complete all preveterinary prerequisite coursework, and maintain stipulated cumulative grade point averages for each year of undergraduate study to remain in the program. Please see our website for more complete information:
Page Updated: Feb/20/2013
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