Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
|Dean||Willie M. Reed|
|Location||West Lafayette, IN, USA
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is one of ten major academic divisions of Purdue University. Accredited by the AVMA, this veterinary school offers the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, associate's and bachelor's degrees in veterinary technology, master’s and Ph.D. degrees, and residency programs leading to specialty board certification. Within the state of Indiana, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is the only veterinary school, while the Indiana University School of Medicine is the only medical school. The two schools frequently collaborate on medical research projects.
The College of Veterinary Science contains the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and three Departments:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program
A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, more commonly known as a Vet or Veterinarian, is a professional who practices medicine on animals. They are certified to diagnose, make a prognosis, provide or prescribe medication, do surgery, go into research, and much more. Veterinarians typically start their own private practice, but there are also career opportunities in “public practice, industry, community health, food resource management, wildlife preservation, space exploration, and marine biology”. To be a potential applicant in Purdue University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program, an individual has to complete two to three years of coursework first. However, even to be considered for the program, the applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher. The applicant must have experience with animals, experience in research and work, and have leadership and communication skills. The DVM Program is four-year program with a minimum of 18 credits each semester; this four years does not include the pre-veterinary course requirements.
Veterinary Technology Program
Veterinary Technology is a newer profession in which an individual is able to work independently and side by side with DVMs, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, to organize tasks, use medical science and techniques, and to learn and discover new things in research. A Veterinary Technologist can perform almost all of the tasks that a DVM can, however, they can not diagnose, make a prognoses, prescribe, or perform surgery (Veterinary Technologists can only perform surgery in research). Purdue offers a Bachelor of Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, and a Bachelor of Science completion option for Veterinary Technology students; the Associate degree is a three-year program, and the Bachelor's degree is a four-year program. Admissions into the Veterinary Technology program at Purdue is challenging. First, an application must be sent in showing success in math and science curriculum including successful ACT and SAT scores, experience with animals, and substantial evidence that the individual is a motivated leader etc. Once the application has been approved, the individual is then interview by several members of the faculty. There are usually less than 30 students admitted into the program each year. The selective admissions process allows for a small class size which ensure a small student to teacher ratio. It also enables more hands on learning for each student.
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has both a small and large animal hospitals. In the small animal hospital, there are about fifteen different specialists on staff ranging from anesthesiology to exotic animal medicine. The hospital provides both regular client care and emergency care. Like the small animal hospital, the large animal hospital has serval different specialists on staff as well; about eleven different types of specialists. In addition to the on site care, the large animal hospital has field services for horses, cows, and pigs. This hospital caters to both regular clients and emergency patients. Normal operating hours are Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm, but there are services available 24 hours a day for emergency situations.
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine consists of multiple research programs:
- Infectious Diseases Research - This research is working towards better ways to detect infectious organisms and working towards developing better vaccines.
- Cancer Research - Researches are trying to develop new approaches to treating and preventing cancer in both animals and humans.
- Neuroscience Research - This research focuses on the central nervous system and finding new ways to treat traumatic injuries and diseases.
- Orthopedics and Tissue Engineering Research - In this program, researchers are uncovering different surgical and diagnostic procedures on various tissues in bones and cartilage.
- Human-Animal Bond, Animal Welfare and Shelter Medicine Research - This research program focuses on animal human relationships and the problems that arise “at the interface of science, public health, and society”.
K - 12 Outreach
In the goals and values of Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, it is important to them to reach out to the upcoming generations. They provide several programs that minister to kids in kindergarten through high school. For example, the Boiler Vet Camp is the only veterinary camp in Indiana. It provides high school students the opportunity to preview what veterinary medicine is all about. The students participate in presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, and hands on activities. There is also the Boiler Vet Club. It offers memberships for both middle school and high school students. When you become a member of the club, you receive a member certificate, an electronic newsletter, and small gifts such as the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine pens, pencils, paper and more. Additionally, the college offers a PVM Digital Badge Program. It is a free online program that promotes learning an achievement. Kids can earn badges for attending events that Purdue puts on and by mastering short online quizzes. For younger kids, there are fun veterinary coloring pages and books available online.
The College of Veterinary Medicine occupies over a dozen structures in the southeast corner of Purdue's main campus. Major buildings include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine.
In 1877, a Department of Veterinary Science was established within Purdue's School of Agriculture (later the College of Agriculture). The Department was reorganized as the School of Veterinary Science and Medicine in 1959. The school's name was changed to the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1974 and then again to its present name, the College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2012.
In 2011, the U.S. News & World Report ranks Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate program at No. 14 in the United States. The top 15 College of Veterinary Medicine graduate programs include:
- 1. Cornell University
- 2. University of California-Davis
- 3. Colorado State University
- 3. North Carolina State University
- 5. Ohio State University
- 5. University of Pennsylvania
- 5. University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 8. Texas A&M University-College Station
- 9. Michigan State University
- 9. University of Georgia
- 9. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- 12. University of Florida
- 13. Tufts University
- 14. Purdue University-West Lafayette
- 15. Auburn University
- Purdue University Data Digest 2006-07
- "Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - DVM Program." Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/dvm/index.php>.
- "College of Veterinary Medicine - Student Services Center." Purdue University. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/dvm/files/documents/class-of-2016-statistics.pdf>.
- Weisman, Jim. "Who is A Veterinary Technician." Purdue University. West Lafayette. 1 Oct. 2013. Keynote speech.
- "Purdue Veterinary Medicine - Veterinary Technology On Campus Program." Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/vettech/on-campus.php>.
- "Small Animal Hospital." Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/vth/small-animal/index.php>.
- "Large Animal Hospital." Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/vth/large-animal/index.php>.
- "Office of Research." Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/orpd/>.
- "Boiler Vet Camp." Purdue University. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/boilervetcamp/>.
- "Boiler Vet Club." Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/engagement/p12/boiler-vet-club.php>.
- "PVM Digital Badges." Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.vet.purdue.edu/engagement/p12/badges.php>.
- Purdue University Libraries
- "Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine prepares for name change". DVM Newsmagazine. December 21, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
- Education Grad Schools - Veterinary Medicine. US News and World Reports, 2014. Web. 4 Apr. 2014. <http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/veterinarian-rankings>.