Veterinarians diagnose and treat illness in animal patients. Many veterinarians also protect human health by studying zoonotic diseases (which affect humans and animals), working with laboratory animals and monitoring food animal safety. Training lasts four years followed by several years of specialty training if desired. Purdue has one of the finest colleges of veterinary medicine in the country. Because there are fewer veterinary schools than medical schools, admission to veterinary school is highly competitive. Having prior formal or informal experience working with animals can be advantageous.
There is no one particular major required for entrance into a veterinary school. Pre-Veterinary is a career goal that includes a set of course requirements that prepare you to succeed as a veterinarian. You should choose a major you enjoy, and one in which you will excel.
- 2 semesters General Biology with labs
- 2 semesters General Chemistry with labs
- 2 semesters Organic Chemistry with labs
- 2 semesters General Physics with labs
- 1 semester biochemistry with lab
- 1 semester microbiology with lab
- 1 semester of genetics with lab
- 1 semester animal nutrition
- 1 semester calculus
- 1 semester statistics
- 1 semester communications
- 3 semesters humanities (foreign language, cognitive science or social science)
- 1 semester English composition
Generally, a grade below a C is not acceptable for prerequisite courses
Veterinary programs offers two equivalent degree options; the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or DVM and the Veterinary Medical Doctor, or VMD. Although named differently, they are equivalent degrees.
Aptitude Test and Admission
Testing depends on the specific veterinary school to which you are applying, so be sure to look up the requirements. Most schools require you to complete the GRE, and a few accept the MCAT;. Application is made through a centralized service called VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service).
Links and additional Veterinary Medicine Information
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
- TMDSAS – for applications to schools in Texas