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  • **NEW for 2020 the VMCAS portal will be open beginning on January 22, 2020.
    • What does this mean for you the applicant?
      • You can complete the sections of the application which are specifically about you (i.e. biographical, academic, experiences).
      • You will not be able to select the Colleges in which you want to apply until May 12, 2020. Once this option is available, then you will able to enter the College-specific information into your application.
    • What should I do as of January 22, 2020?
      • We recommend that all applicants begin completing the VMCAS application early in the cycle, thus ensuring they have ample time to input, review, and correct information. We strongly recommend that you have your completed application (VMCAS online information, electronic letters of recommendation, and all academic transcripts) submitted no later than August 1, 2020. This personal deadline ensures that the applicant will have the ability to make changes to their application before the system deadline of September 15, 2020
  • Purdue does not have a supplemental application or fee. All application materials must be submitted via VMCAS. Materials sent to Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will not be evaluated.

Complete the VMCAS Application

Applicants wishing to apply to the College of Veterinary Medicine must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) by September 15, 2020, @ 11:59 PM Eastern  Time. 

Late application will not be accepted.

For more information on the VMCAS Application Cycle, please visit VMCAS.

Essay Prompts

The following three essays questions are required as part of the VMCAS application. Failure to complete these essays could result in your application being incomplete. 

  1. There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals?
  2. In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?
  3. Consider the breadth of society which we serve. What attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?

Submit Official Transcripts to VMCAS

All transcripts should be sent to directly to VMCAS by September 15, 2020, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time or earlier. Late transcripts will not be accepted. All VMCAS applications undergo Transcript Verification before being released to the veterinary schools.  VMCAS matches the coursework you entered line by line against your official transcript to ensure you have correctly entered your courses. For more information on transcript verification, please visit:

Transcripts must be submitted from all institutions you attended and/or received college credit (This includes any high school/college dual credit coursework). Failure to submit all transcripts could result in an incomplete application. Transcripts sent directly to Purdue will not be evaluated as a part of your application.  



A minimum of three electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR) are required as part of the application process. Purdue University requests that one of the evaluators be a veterinarian. eLOR must be submitted by September 15, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

We recommend registering your evaluators as soon as you begin the application process to give the evaluators ample time to complete your letter of recommendation. Purdue University will only accept evaluations submitted through VMCAS. Letters of recommendation sent to Purdue directly will not be evaluated as part of your application. For more information about the evaluation process, visit:

Required Interview

After a holistic application review is complete, applicants advancing in the admissions process will be invited to an on-campus required interview. Invitations for interviews will be sent out in mid-December via email to the applicants VMCAS entered email address.  Interviews are held at Purdue University-West Lafayette campus the last two Fridays in January. 

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