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


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. South Louisiana has a balmy climate that encourages lush vegetation and comfortable temperatures year round.

The 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.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the LSU SVM admissions website at www.lsu.edu/vetmed/dvm_admissions.

Residency implications: The LSU SVM accepts 60-65 in-state residents and has approximately 9 seats reserved for AR contract students. The remaining 40-60 seats are offered to non-resident students. International students can be accepted as long as prerequisite courses have been taken in North America or coursework is certified as to U.S. equivalence.



Suggested last date to take GRE: August 15

VMCAS application deadline: Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Supplemental application deadline: All LSU SVM-specific questions in the VMCAS application must be completed as per the VMCAS instructions and by the VMCAS application deadline. (There is no supplemental application for the LSU SVM outside of the VMCAS application.)

LSU SVM application processing fee ($90) deadline: October 1

GRE score submission deadline: October 1

Date interviews are held: February*

Date acceptances mailed: late February

School begins: early to mid-August

*Interview invitations are extended to a select number of Louisiana, Arkansas, and out of state applicants as determined by the LSU SVM Admissions Committee.

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00 for non-residents only

Deferments: considered on a case-by-case basis


The approximate components of the evaluation scoring are:

Objective evaluation:

GPA required courses: 29%

GPA last 45 hours: 18%

Test scores: 18%

Subjective evaluation:

Animal/veterinary experience, references: 15% (min. of 3 required, one by a veterinarian), essay, knowledge of profession: 15%

Personal interview: 10%

Committee evaluation: 10%


Required undergraduate GPA: the minimum acceptable GPA for required coursework is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. The mean GPA of the most recent entering class at the time of acceptance was 3.80.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description Number of Hours/Credits
General Biology  8
Microbiology (w/lab)  4
Physics  6
General Chemistry  8
Organic Chemistry  3
Biochemistry  3
English Composition  6
Speech Communication  3
Mathematics  5
Electives  20


Estimated Tuition Resident (annual tuition): $29,500

Estimated Tuition Contract (annual tuition): $29,500

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident (annual tuition): $59,900


Resident: 60-65

Contract: 9

Non-Resident: 20-40


Standardized examinations: The GRE revised General Test is required. The scores must be received no later than October 1. Note: All applicants must take the GRE revised General Test.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? The LSU SVM will accept international students as long as all prerequisite coursework has been completed at an accredited institution within the United States or Canada. Foreign coursework is not accepted in fulfillment of the course prerequisites unless certified as to U.S. equivalence


Application Deadline: 9/15/2018