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High School

If you are interested in a career in veterinary medicine and are now planning your High School schedule, you are strongly encouraged to complete:

  • 4 years mathematics - algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus
  • 4 years laboratory sciences - biology, chemistry, physics
  • 4 years English composition
  • Other courses - to round out your education are dependent upon the college / university to which you wish to be admitted

In addition, you need to participate in activities that help you research and experience any career; but specifically for Veterinary Medicine, we recommend:

  • General animal - 4-H animal projects, humane society, zoo, racetrack, livestock farm, etc.
  • Veterinary work - hands-on work under the supervision of a veterinarian

Veterinary Scholars Program (High School Students)

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Veterinary Scholars Program. This program is designed to recruit highly qualified high school students to our DVM Program by offering the opportunity for early admission.

Learn more about the Veterinary Scholars program for high school students

Information Resources for Interested High School Students

Special Programs for High School Students