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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (18 credits)

Agricultural Selectives (9 credits)

  • ABE       10000:59999
  • AGEC    10000:59999 
  • AGR      10000:59999
  • AGRY    10000:59999
  • ANSC    10000:59999
  • ASEC    10000:59999
  • ASM      10000:59999
  • BCHM   10000:59999
  • BTNY    10000:59999
  • ENTM   10000:59999
  • FNR      10000:59999
  • FS         10000:59999
  • HORT    10000:59999
  • LA          10000:59999
  • NRES    10000:59999
  • SFS       10000:59999

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (68-69 credits)

Electives (5-6 credits)

  •   Elective - Credit Hours: 5.00-6.00

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

15-16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

17 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15-16 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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