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2021-2022 University Catalog 
2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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About the Program

Pre-veterinary medicine is not really a major, but rather is a collection of prerequisites for admission to Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Students may enter the College of Agriculture in this category, but later must pick a major to pursue. Students pursuing a wide variety of curricula may apply and be admitted to a veterinary college.

The pre-veterinary medicine curriculum includes courses that are required for admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program offered by the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. This program of study, coordinated by the College of Agriculture Office of Academic Programs, emphasizes the biological and physical sciences that are foundations for successful study of veterinary medicine. Also, the curriculum includes courses in communication and the social sciences.

OAP • Pre-Professional

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

92-93 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (18 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (72-73 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Requirements

15-16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

17 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

14 Credits


  • Official and complete prerequisite lists are in the course catalog
  • The incomplete listing presented here regards this program and provides an idea of course sequencing.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (Ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  





Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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