Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University


Undergraduate Preparation

The minimum requirement of 66 semester hours, including 20 hours of elective courses, may be completed in two years. Successful completion of a pre-veterinary program does not ensure admission to the school for professional training. Typically, there are more qualified applicants each year than there are spaces available to the entering class. Instruction in the four-year program is available only through the School of Veterinary Medicine at LSU. Scholastic achievement is measured by performance in the prescribed pre-professional courses. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (“A” = 4.00) in these courses is required for consideration for admission. A grade of less than “C” in a required course is unacceptable. Physical education activity courses may not be used as electives for meeting pre-professional requirements. Requirements are not waived in lieu of work experience.

Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable, but is not used in the computation of the grade-point average. Evaluation of the applicant’s record in the pre-professional program is made in accordance with LSU procedures. Credit is not granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations. Granting of credit for CLEP subject examinations may be considered in those subjects recommended by various departments of the University upon receipt of test scores indicating the student meets the minimum acceptable scores required by those departments.

A minimum of 66 total semester hours is required for consideration for admission into the professional DVM program. This must include the 46 semester credit hours of the courses listed below. If there are any questions regarding equivalency of courses, please contact the LSU SVM Student Affairs Office (e-mail: admissions@vetmed.lsu.edu; Phone: 225-578-9538; Fax: 225-578-9546).

Biological Science - 12 sem. hrs. - Must include at least 8 sem. hrs. (two-semester course sequence with laboratory) in general biology or introductory zoology. Must also include at least 4 sem. hrs. (one-semester course with laboratory) in microbiology at a level appropriate for premedical students. LSU courses— Biology 1201, 1202, 1208, 1209, and 2051.

Inorganic Chemistry - 8 sem. hrs. - Must include laboratory and must be at a level for science or engineering majors. LSU courses— Chemistry 1201, 1202, 1212.

Organic Chemistry - 3 sem. hrs. - Must cover aliphatic and aromatic compounds, with emphasis on the biological aspects of organic chemistry. LSU course— Chemistry 2060.

Biochemistry - 3 sem. hrs. - Must include 3 sem. hrs. of basic concepts and an introduction to the nature and physiological uses of natural substances. LSU course— Biochemistry 2083.

Mathematics - 5-6 sem. hrs. - Must be at the college algebra/trigonometry level or higher. LSU courses—Mathematics 1020/1021, 1022. Students who qualify for more advanced mathematics may substitute Mathematics 1023 (5 sem. hrs.) for 1020/1021 and 1022.

Physics - 6 sem. hrs. - Must be at a level for science majors and must include mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and topics in modern physics. LSU courses— Physics 2001, 2002. NOTE: Physics Labs are not required.

Communication Skills - 9 sem. hrs. - Must include 6 sem. hrs. of English composition AND 3 sem. hrs. of public speaking or interpersonal communication course. LSU courses— English 1000/1001, 1002 and Speech Communication 2010 or 2060.

Elective Courses - In selecting the remaining required courses for admission to the professional program, applicants should consider the following:

• The objective of the D.V.M. program is to offer a well-rounded curriculum in veterinary medical education enabling the graduate to select from a wide range of professional opportunities. The selection of elective courses in the pre-professional curriculum should reflect the interests and the objectives of the candidate. Potential applicants should plan their programs with the recognition that these elective courses provide the only formal opportunity in the applicant's college years to obtain a broad general education.

• Applicants who have completed advanced preparatory courses in high school are, in all probability, qualified to complete the prerequisites within four semesters. These students are encouraged to take higher level university courses when so permitted. Applicants who are inadequately prepared may find it advantageous to complete the pre-veterinary requirements over a longer period.

• Although the primary objective of the applicant may be to complete the pre-veterinary requirements, those who have not previously obtained a baccalaureate degree are encouraged to plan for alternative career possibilities through registration in a degree-granting program which has similar course requirements. Several LSU curricula include all of the minimum mandatory requirements. Many other curricula which do not specify all of the requirements allow them as electives.

Since not all applicants will gain admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine on their first attempt, they should continue in degree programs while making themselves more competitive in subsequent years. Some students may elect to complete a baccalaureate degree in order to pursue graduate training during the first and second summers of the professional program.

LSU undergraduate students may want to contact the College of Agriculture to inquire about the 3+1 program. Through this program, students who earn a seat in the LSU SVM following completion of the first three years of the Animal Science curriculum (102 hrs) may receive the B.S. degree following the first year of the professional DVM curriculum. (Contact the LSU Department of Animal Sciences for more information.)

Applicant Selection Procedure

Admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine is granted only for the fall semester of each school year and only on a full-time basis. A prescribed number of student spaces is planned for each class, and the formal application material with all supporting credentials is required of each applicant.

Overall Scoring Breakdown

Objective Components:

Required Course GPA...........29 points

Last 45 Credit Hour GPA.......18 points

GRE Score...........................18 points

Subjective Components:

Folder Review......................15 points

Interview Score ..................10 points

.......10   Admissions Committee  points

1 (Not all applicants are interviewed.)

2 (Admissions Committee has

ten discretionary points.)

The Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing is responsible for determining the application procedure and for selecting the entering class in the professional curriculum. All pre-professional requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester before fall matriculation in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Formal applications must be submitted no later than October 2nd, 2008 at noon (EDT) for the Class of 2013 (with possible matriculation into the fall '09 semester). Applications must be submitted through the Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service (VMCAS). Along with the VMCAS application materials, an LSU SVM supplemental application must be completed and submitted directly to the LSU SVM Student Affairs Office as well as all official undergraduate/graduate transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation. Please visit the application instructions for more details on the application process. Students reapplying must submit a completely new application for each application period.

Students admitted and enrolled in the school must be capable of satisfactorily meeting all requirements of the curriculum in veterinary medicine. Eligible candidates are chosen to be interviewed by members of the Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing and are carefully selected to ensure that they are properly motivated, competent to undertake the rigorous courses of professional study, and capable of meeting the demands of a professional career.

Academic and non-academic qualifications are considered in the selection process. Selection for admission is based on the sum of the objective and subjective scores. The exact combination of each component to the total score may vary slightly from year to year and is determined by the admissions committee and the dean. Please see the above chart for the exact overall scoring breakdown. What does it take to be a competitive applicant? Interested applicants should visit the "Previous Class Statistics" to get a better idea of what it will take to be competitive in the applicant pool, with regards to the objective information below.


Objective Evaluation - 65%

The objective evaluation is based on scholastic achievement and standardized test scores. All official transcripts of college course grades are examined to determine scholastic achievement. The total objective score is derived from:

• Required Course GPA - (29%)

• Last 45 Credit Hour GPA - (18%)

• General GRE score - (18%)

Effective beginning with the '08-'09 application cycle, the Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing has instituted the following changes to the objective evaluation:

• Only Animal Science, Physical Science or Biological Science courses are included in the Required Course GPA. Social science, humanities, business, kinesiology, and any general education courses are NOT calculated into the Required Course GPA, but are still calculated into the Last 45 Credit Hour GPA - except for kinesiology courses which are not used at all. For major details on the GPA calculation changes, please visit the "How are GPA's Calculated?" page.

• The objective evaluation now has a 65% weight in the overall scoring. The weights of the Required Course GPA and Last 45 GPA have been changed slightly from prior application cycles. (See above chart for new overall scoring breakdown.)


Subjective Evaluation - 35%

The subjective evaluation of applicants is based on non-academic qualifications considered relevant to the determination of the applicant's prospective performance in the veterinary medical curriculum and in the practice of veterinary medicine. Motivation, maturity, attitude, interest, and other characteristics will be evaluated for all qualified candidates, along with work experience, familiarity with animals, and reference information submitted in support of the application. These qualities are evaluated by two separate committees. The first committee reviews the supporting documents (autobiography, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and familiarity with animals). The second committee evaluates the individual through a personal interview. These appraisals result in an average subjective score which is added to the objective score to produce the total numerical evaluation of the candidate. Through this process, the professional judgment of several faculty members is included in arriving at a final decision of recommended students for the Class of 2013. The total subjective score is derived from:

• Folder Reviews - (15%)

• Interviews - (10%)

Effective beginning with the '08-'09 application cycle, the Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing has instituted the following changes to the subjective evaluation:

• Not all Louisiana and Arkansas applicants will be interviewed. Interviews will not be granted to every Louisiana and Arkansas applicant.

• Selected out of state applicants will be invited to interview for a possible seat in the new class. Interviews invitations will start to be sent out in late-November.


Final Evaluation

The final decision rests with the Dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. The Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing makes their recommendations to the Dean who then finalizes the offers of admission.

Note - Under exceptional circumstances, a limited number of applicants not selected under the above criteria may be admitted. Factors to be considered by the Faculty Committee on Admissions & Scholastic Standing include undergraduate experience, GRE score, advanced academic work, work experience, or participation in special educational programs, as well as those special attributes possessed by the applicant that add to the cultural, educational, and/or geographical diversity of the entering class.