School of Veterinary Medicine Degree Update
Submitted by Denise Ottinger, Director of Admissions & Student Services
If you are working with advisees who may be looking toward our veterinary medical degree program (DVM), I wanted to provide you with some updates.
Students applying to our program do so through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The application has been on-line for several years. The newest aspect to the application is that reference forms are now required to be complete on line as well. If an applicant needs to submit a hard copy of the application or the references, approval must be requested from VMCAS.
The window to apply to our program runs from June 1 up to October 1. The official times and deadlines are determined by VMCAS each year based on various factors that must be considered. The VMCAS date is used by the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Admissions Committee for applicants to have all supporting documentation submitted for consideration. Supporting documentation is defined as academic transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and GRE scores.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is our required test and the applicant scores are received electronically from ETS. To submit GRE scores the applicant will see several options for graduate departments along with veterinary medicine on the electronic form. In order for Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine to receive GRE scores, the applicant must submit scores to the Purdue Graduate School code number.
Our admissions process has been shortened by a month. Therefore the October deadline is critical due to the Admissions Committee beginning the review process shortly following the deadline. This year applicants were notified a couple of weeks before winter break about interview opportunities. Those Indiana applicants who did not receive invitations to interview were provided with a profile of where they stood in the applicant. This was accompanied by the letter indicating they would not advance in the application process and a letter explaining more about the profile. Non-resident applicants must request the profile and are told how to obtain this information in their letter.
Interviews are now being held the last two Fridays in January; this is a change from the previous February interview period. This will mean interviewees will know their status with our program well before Spring Break. While the Admissions Committee is not looking to eliminate students from consideration at this level, it can and does happen. Interviewees need to be comfortable in an interview setting. This may mean practicing interviewing with CCO, an advisor, or a faculty member. Some questions to pose to your advisees who are interviewing are:
- What do I know about this profession?
- What are some of the ethical/moral issues with which I may have to deal?
- What are the challenges (emerging challenges) facing the profession?
- What’s going on in the world around me?
The personal statement is an important element of the application. It needs to be well thought out, organized, clear and concise. Most importantly, applicants need to pay attention to grammar and spelling. There are resources that you can find on the web to assist your applicant. Our office, LYNN 1185, also maintains articles that address how to write a personal statement.