Louisiana State University

Office of Student and Academic Affairs
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge LA 70803
Telephone: (225) 578-9537
Fax: (225) 578-9546
Email: svmadmissions@lsu.edu
Website: http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/dvm_admissions

School Description | Program Description | Entrance Requirements | Admissions Process & Deadlines | Evaluation Criteria | Acceptance Data |
Tuition & Cost of Attendance | Education & Research | Top 10 FAQs | Prerequisites for Admissions


The Louisiana State University campus is located in Baton Rouge, which has a population of more than 500,000 and is a major industrial city, a thriving port, and the state’s capital. Since it is located on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge was a target for domination by Spanish, French, and English settlers. The city bears the influence of all three cultures and offers a range of choices in everything from food to architectural design. Geographically, Baton Rouge is the center of south Louisiana’s main cultural and recreational attractions. Equally distant from New Orleans and the fabled Cajun bayou country, there is an abundance of cultural and outdoor recreational activities. The LSU campus encompasses more than 2,000 acres in the southern part of Baton Rouge and is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River. The Veterinary Medicine Building, occupied in 1978, houses the academic departments, the veterinary library, the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana, and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The school is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The curriculum is four years in length and includes a lock-step phase 1 lecture and laboratory portion that is 5 semesters in length and covers all species. The clinical phase 2 portion of the curriculum is a year and a half and allows the students to choose a concentration that focuses on the area of veterinary medicine they plan to go into. The school focuses on wellness with a state-of-the-art recreation center and onsite counseling and values diversity as exemplified by having an Associate Dean of diversity, an active VOICE and Broad-Spectrum chapter, and an engaged diversity committee.


Class Size

                      Resident #: 60-65

                      Non-Resident #: 30-40

                      Contract # and where: 9 (Arkansas)

                      International Seats #: included in nonresident

Applicant Pool (prior year)

                      Resident #: 145

                      Non-Resident #: 589

                      Contract # and where: 40 (Arkansas)

International School: No

Accepts International Applicants: Yes

VMCAS Participant: Yes


Pre-Requisite Chart Update

·         Date pre-reqs must be completed Must be completed by June 1 prior to matriculation

·         Pre-requisite required grade C or above

VMCAS application: Yes

Supplemental application: Yes

·         Through VMCAS: Yes

·         External: No

Transcript Requirements

·         AP Policy Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable, although it is not used in the computation of the grade point average. Official credit earned from the AP exam must be reflected on your undergraduate transcripts.

§  International Transcripts Yes with WES evaluation

§  WES Report Required: Yes

Test Requirements

·         GRE Test Deadline: August 15

·         TOEFL Test Deadline: N/A

·         OTHER Test Deadlines: N/A


Minimum hours requirements: The minimum requirement of 66 semester hours, including 20 hours of elective courses, may be completed in a minimum of two years.

Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

·         Minimum number required: 3

·         Veterinarian Required: Yes

Bachelor’s degree required: No

Academic Statement

·         Required minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0

·         Required Grades: 3.0 - Required courses GPA: In addition to the specific prerequisite courses, any other Animal Science, Physical Science or Biological Science courses that are taken and in which an “A” grade is earned are factored into the GPA.

·         Required minimum of last 45: 3.0

Interview Required: Yes (for Louisiana and Arkansas residents)

·         Type of interview: Blinded interview



·         Application Open Date: May 9, 2019

·         Application Deadline Date: September 17

·         Supplemental Open Date Part of VMCAS

·         Supplemental Deadline Date Part of VMCAS

·         Transcripts Received Date October 1

·         eLOR Received Date October 1

·         GRE Scores Received Date: October 1

Interviews held: February

Interview format statement: When conducted, interviews feature a three-member panel consisting of a member of the Admissions Committee, an LSU SVM faculty member, and an outside professional practitioner.

Offers released: December for out of state applicants; late February/Early March for Louisiana and Arkansas applicants

Orientation held: Early to mid-August

Deposit required: Yes

·         If YES, amount: $500

Defers granted: Case by case

Transfers accepted: Yes


·         Academic History part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Science GPA

·         Science pre-requisite GPA 29%

·         Cumulative GPA

·         Last 45 GPA 18%

·         GRE Scores 18%

·         eLORS part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Experiences part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Leadership Skills part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Personal Essays part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Contribution to diversity part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Non-cognitive skills part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Readiness to matriculate part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Employment history part of Folder Review (15%)

·         Interview 10%

·         Other (please list) 10% (Committee Holistic Evaluation)


                      GRE Average and Range: 304 (Average), 283 – 324 (Range)

                      GPA Average and Range: 3.75 (Average), 3.36  - 4.00 (Range)

                      Number of applications 774

                      Number interviewed (or N/A) NA

                      Number selected NA

                      Number Accepted into class 174

                      Number matriculated 97


*For current year (2020 matriculation)

                      Resident (in-State)

·         $27,400

·         Fees NA

·         COA $53,000

                      Non-Resident (out-of-state)

·         $56,500

·         Fees NA

·         COA $82,000


                      Combined Programs statement Concurrent DVM/PhD and DVM/MPH are available

                      Curriculum Statement:

·         Traditional lock-step curriculum with electives that utilizes lecture/lab, clinical skills, and PBL. Clinical phase of the curriculum is a 1.5 years and is a core/elective curriculum that allows the students to choose one of six concentrations (Small Animal; Mixed Animal; Equine; Food Animal; Exotics, Zoo Animal, and Wildlife; and Public Practice)

Clinicals begin: The clinical phase of the curriculum begins in spring semester of year 3 and is year round from that point. o A summer research experience is available to students between their first and second or second and third years.


The DVM program provides a well-rounded exposure to all domestic species. Signature programs include Equine Health Studies, Exotic and Wildlife Medicine, Shelter Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Comparative Biomedical Research


What does the Admission Committee use as criteria to select applicants admitted to the

DVM program?

Academic and non-academic qualifications are considered in the selection process. Selection for admission is based on the sum of two scores: an objective score which comprises approximately 65 percent of the final calculation and a holistic score which comprises the remaining 35 percent.

Are my chances of being admitted to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine better if I attend LSU as an undergraduate and/or take the required science courses there?

No. The pre-veterinary requirements may be completed at LSU or at any other accredited college or university offering courses of the quality and content of those prescribed in the LSU General Catalog. No preference is given to one school over another; however the caliber of the school(s) attended may be looked at during the folder reviews.

What should I choose as an undergraduate major?

We do not give preference to one area of study over another; however we strongly encourage all applicants to pursue a degree path in the event an applicant is not accepted after numerous application attempts. The majority of our applicants pursue studies in the sciences. However, an applicant may study or possess a degree in any major provided the prerequisite courses are taken. Students who take the majority of their course work in the sciences, may be better prepared for the veterinary curriculum.

Is a bachelor’s degree required to be admitted to veterinary school?

No. While approximately 75% of students have a bachelor’s degree, an applicant must only have completed 66 semester hours at an accredited college prior to entering the DVM program (requirements are listed on the school web site under “Course Prerequisites”), but does not need to earn a degree in order to apply.

Do all of the requirements need to be complete before I submit an application?

No. However, we prefer that applicants have most of the required course work completed at the time of application. Required course work in the process of completion at the time of application must be complete by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation. (e.g., If you apply for matriculation into the fall ‘20 semester, all prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring ‘20 semester.)

Is it advantageous to take extra science courses in addition to the required course work?

Additional coursework is beneficial in preparation for the professional DVM program; courses such as Animal Science, Biological Science, Physical Science, and/or Business courses.

How are the Required Course GPA and Last 45 Credit Hour GPA calculated?

Grades earned after the VMCAS deadline will not count towards the Required Course GPA and Last 45 Credit Hour GPA for any applicants. In fact, no grades not verified by VMCAS will count towards the Required Course GPA and Last 45 Credit Hour GPA.

The LSU SVM does not use an overall cumulative GPA when computing an overall score. The Required Course GPA is computed by using all of the specific 46 required prerequisite courses (or equivalents). In addition to the specific prerequisite courses, also factored into the Required Course GPA are any other Animal Science, Physical Science or Biological  Science courses that are taken and in which an “A” grade is earned. Social science, humanities, business, kinesiology, and any general education courses are not calculated into the Required Course GPA; however these courses (with the exception of kinesiology courses) will still be used for the Last 45 Credit Hour as seen below.

The Last 45 Credit Hour GPA is computed by using the most recent 45-60 semester hours of course work, with the exception of kinesiology courses. The entire last semester is included when calculating the Last 45 Credit Hour GPA. (If only 3 more credit hours is needed from one semester during which 18 credit hours were taken, all 18 credit hours would be factored into the Last 45 Credit Hour GPA.)

Applicants may choose to re-take a course to better master the subject at any point or to try to improve upon their Required Courses GPA or Last 45 Credit Hour GPA. If a course that is more than six years old is retaken, the most recent grade will be used in calculating the Required Course GPA, otherwise the two grades will be averaged together when computing grade point averages. (If a course is taken more than twice within the past six years, all grades/credit hours will be used.) If a course substitution is approved by the Admissions Office, the course being used as the prerequisite will be calculated into the Required Course GPA. (Note: Course Substitutions are on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.)

How much veterinary experience is required?

Hands on veterinary or animal handling experience is not required but is strongly recommended. We are looking for the vision that an applicant has of how they see themselves fitting into the profession. Generally, the more experiences an applicant has and the more varied those experiences are (small animal, large animal, exotic, etc.) the better the vision of the applicant will be.

How many letters of evaluation do I need?

A minimum of three letters of evaluation are required. One or two of the evaluations should be from veterinarians with whom you have worked and who can evaluate your potential as a veterinarian. Letters of evaluation MUST be submitted via the VMCAS application. Please carefully follow the application instructions for more details.

Am I required to have health insurance to be in the DVM program?

Yes. All students in veterinary medicine are required to have sickness and accident insurance protection either through enrollment in the Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Plan or through proof of participation in any other equal or better program. Additionally, all students need to be vaccinated for Rabies.


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