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College of Veterinary Medicine

Structure of the College

Academic Structure

Each prospective student is required to complete a prescribed preprofessional curriculum of two to three collegiate years before admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine is possible. Professional students receive instruction that is managed primarily at the department level. The college has three departments:

  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences
  • Comparative Pathobiology

Students satisfactorily completing the four-year professional curriculum receive the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.).

In 1975, the Indiana General Assembly appropriated money to create the Veterinary Technology Program. This program grants an Associate in Applied Science degree after two years of study in the required curriculum. An additional two years of instruction will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in this area.

Each basic science department in the school offers graduate instruction leading to Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees to persons possessing the D.V.M. degree and to others with comprehensive training in biological sciences. The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences offers graduate instruction leading to Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in medicine and surgery to people possessing the D.V.M. degree.

Extensive research programs are conducted in each department. For information about graduate training, see the Graduate School website.

Veterinary Medical Administration

The Department of Veterinary Medical Administration is a nonacademic department representing administratively all areas not reasonably assignable to an academic department. It provides a departmental framework for handling the business and accounting activities of the school, provides a centralized service for admissions and student affairs for both degree programs, coordinates continuing education, engagement and extension activities, and serves as the administrative home for a variety of service activities.

Media Instructional and Information Technology

Media Instructional and Information Technology (MIIT) is an amalgamation of Medical Illustration, Communications and the Veterinary Computer Network that supports the teaching, research and continuing education efforts of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette. This support is provided by production services in medical illustration, medical photography, multimedia, television, computer graphics, Web design and computer repair. Production capabilities and functions are coordinated with centralized University services such as the Division of Instructional Services, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) and Printing Services whenever possible. The unit also serves Purdue’s Veterinary Extension Service and Continuing Education programs by production of audiovisual materials for workshops, fairs and area meetings.

Biomedical Information Resources Center

The Biomedical Information Resources Center is a 10,000-square-foot facility comprised of the veterinary medical library and a student computing laboratory of more than 30 networked computer workstations.

Further student computer access is available in four small group teaching laboratories. These rooms are equipped with 24 multimedia workstations.