Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
DVM Years 1-3 and Veterinary Nursing Student Dress Code

As a College, we are entrusted to educate veterinary medical and technology students in the areas necessary to be competent entry-level veterinarians and veterinary technicians.  A key component of this education is the development of a student’s professional identity.  A client’s first impression of our appearance is a key factor by which our value as a professional is judged.

We expect our students to demonstrate professionalism which includes professional attire.

When representing themselves as a student of PVM, a student shall be expected to:

  • Wear attire which is neat, clean, and professional as illustrated by:
    • clothing is free of rips, tears, fading, and patches
    • stretch pants and leggings shall be covered by a top or dress
    • footwear which is protective and professional
      • closed toe shoes are required when working with animals and in all labs
  • Maintain personal hygiene and be properly groomed including clean and trimmed finger nails.

The following are prohibited:

  • headwear inside the building unless for religious, cultural, or medical purposes
  • political messages
  • clothing which exposes undergarments/underwear
  • gym attire or sleepwear (spandex, gym shorts, yoga pants, etc.)
  • flip flops
  • strongly scented products (i.e. perfumes, colognes, aftershave, etc.) (respecting that some individuals are allergic)
  • long, hooped, or dangling jewelry including piercings (for safety purposes)

Faculty and staff have the authority to enforce the dress code. If the standard of dress is deemed unacceptable, the student will be required to change before being allowed to participate further in PVM activities. Dress requirements for specific courses or labs supersede this dress code. Questions regarding the dress code shall be directed to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

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