Louisiana State University
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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.
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
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
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
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
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 pre-requisite GPA 29%
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
Employment history part of Folder Review (15%)
Other (please list) 10% (Committee Holistic Evaluation)
GRE Average and Range: 304 (Average), 283 – 324
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
TUITION / COST OF
*For current year
EDUCATION / RESEARCH
Combined Programs statement Concurrent DVM/PhD
and DVM/MPH are available
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
TOP TEN FAQs
What does the
Admission Committee use as criteria to select applicants admitted to the
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
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
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.