Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine
Being the only veterinary college in Indiana and one of the few 28 in the
United States, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine has made
veterinarians out of almost 2,000 distinguished individuals ever since its
foundation in the year 1963. Its graduates can be found practicing their
profession in a wide range of sectors all over the 50 states, including
educational institutions, veterinary industry and the government.
For individuals aspiring to become part of the field of veterinary medicine,
there are also educational programs other than the four-year Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine degree. At Purdue University’s School of Veterinary
Medicine, applicants can choose to enroll in veterinary technology courses,
which have an associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. They also offer
post-graduate programs in three academic departments – Veterinary
Pathobiology, Basic Medical Services and Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
As a center for research, Purdue University, with the help of the research
efforts of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, is able to dedicate the time
and effort to study many related areas of veterinary medicine. Examples of
these are infectious diseases, oncology, spinal injuries, equine sports
medicine, herd management, animal welfare, oncology, flow cytometry and
One of the major activities of Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine is
extending assistance to animal owners and the general public through
high-tech veterinary facilities and specially formulated programs. Examples
of these are as follows:
- The Veterinary Teaching Hospital – this facility primarily
serves as a student resource center, but is also utilized by practicing
veterinarians for consultation and referral activities. It is also
responsible for dispensing regular health care services in the
Tippecanoe County, both for small and large animals.
- The Purdue Equine Sports Medicine Center – specifically
designed to help care for the health of athletic horses, this facility
is capable of making comprehensive evaluations which seek to diagnose
and treat any medical instabilities in the animal. Using
state-of-the-art treadmill powered by the latest computer technology,
the facility is able to make simulations of the similar conditions
encountered by athletic horses in situations such as racing events.
- The PetSafe Program – the program aims to extend temporary
emergency housing services for pets which can’t be supported by their
owners due to certain crisis or situations. Animals under the program
are given shelter inside Purdue’s specially-designed facilities and are
properly taken care of by veterinary student volunteers, with, of
course, the guidance of licensed resident veterinarians.
- The Peace of Mind Program – this unique program gives pet
owners the opportunity to address the needs of their well-loved pets
through a will provision.
For educational institutes such as Purdue University’s School of Veterinary
Medicine, full accreditation (valid for 7 years) is given only after
satisfying the strict standards set by the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA), which is also part of the Council of Education (COE).
With regards to the process of accreditation, certain areas of a veterinary
program will be evaluated under an outcome assessment. A good example of
this is has to do with how well the school performs in licensure exams such
as the North American Veterinary Licensure Examination (NAVLE). Any
graduating student of a qualified veterinary program is required to
successfully complete the said licensure exam in order to be given the
license to practice his profession in America. Any veterinary institute that
gets below the passing rate of 80% may be revoked of their accreditation.
Purdue University has consistently been able to surpass this benchmark; in
fact their most recent batch for the year 2010, their NAVLE passing rate is
Any individual seeking a slot in studying at Purdue University will need to
have previously completed 2-3 years of course work in order to be eligible
in any of their veterinary program. Since the school highly values its
reputation and performance, students are strictly required to complete
required courses with at least a “C” rating (2.0 on a 4.0 scale), and are
expected to maintain an excellent cumulative grade point average. Applicants
who are not residents of the state will only be given consideration if they
have at least 3.00 cumulative GPA, which also includes all course repeats.
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