Visiting Senior Veterinary Students

Visiting Veterinary Nursing Student


Visiting Student Experiences

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The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine offers opportunities for senior veterinary students and veterinary nursing students who would like to have a clinical experience at the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital. Opportunities are available only on a space-available basis. Everyone who applies and meets the qualifications may not be accepted. Before being considered, the prospective student must have a completed application packet on file. When the completed packet is received, faculty members will be contacted in the area of student interest to secure support to serve as a mentor. The mentor will provide leadership and mentorship during the time the student is at Purdue. An evaluation will be provided to the student's home program upon completion of their experience with us. Upon acceptance, the student will be provided a Letter of Agreement that provides a summary of the student’s planned experience. Students must provide proof of personal medical insurance, current rabies vaccination, and professional liability insurance (The AVMA PLIT student professional liability insurance policy is acceptable.). If you do not have professional liability insurance, you can purchase it through Purdue for $13. International students with a DVM degree or who are in a DVM degree program should contact the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Global Engagement ( and not apply through clinical experience process.

The Community

Purdue University is in West Lafayette, Indiana, 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis, and 126 miles southeast of Chicago. Greater Lafayette is easily accessible, whether traveling by land or air. Indianapolis and Chicago O'Hare International Airports are serviced by most major airlines and their partner airlines. The Purdue University Airport is less than 1 mile from campus and is available for private planes but does not currently serve commercial airlines. Shuttle service is available directly to campus from these airports. Amtrak trains make stops in Lafayette en route to Chicago and Indianapolis, and major bus lines also serve the area. The population of Greater Lafayette exceeds 121,000, not including Purdue's student population of approximately 41,000. The community contributes to the recreational and cultural life of Purdue students through its daily and weekly newspapers, art museums, historical museums, symphony orchestra, civic chorus, civic theater, nine radio stations, television station, two public libraries and 1,600 acres of public parks.

Expenses and Housing

All students will be coming to Purdue at their own expense. All housing and any expenses incurred are the student's responsibility. The student will be responsible to arrange for their own housing; however, dormitory-style housing may be available at a reasonable rate in the Graduate House. For information regarding single dormitory housing, please contact the Young Graduate House Office at (765) 494-7045. The Graduate House is located within two blocks of the Veterinary School. Private housing is generally available in the Greater Lafayette community in the $350-$600 per month range.

Apply Now

Complete the following checklist to apply for a clinical experience:

  1. Complete the "Visiting 4th Year DVM Student or Veterinary Nursing Student Application for Clinical Rotation Experience"  

    Application (.docx)

  2. Submit the following supporting documents with your application to

    1. Letter of approval for the requested experience (an administrative official such as the college's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or Director of Student Services)
    2. Student evaluation/grade form to be completed by the Purdue mentor and returned to the student's home institution
    3. Proof of personal medical insurance
    4. Proof of current rabies vaccination
    5. Proof of professional liability insurance
  3. Once all application materials are received by Purdue Veterinary Medicine, you will receive a confirmation email informing you of the status of your application.

  4. If your experience is approved, then you will receive specific instructions regarding your experience.

Contact Information

PVM Clinical Education
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2026
Phone: 765-494-7893
Fax: 765-496-2891

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, 765-494-7607

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