Lincoln Memorial University

Office of Veterinary Admissions and Student Affairs
Lincoln Memorial University
College of Veterinary Medicine
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
Telephone: (800) 325-9000, ext. 6676


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is an accredited, nonprofit university founded in 1897 through Abraham Lincoln’s desire to provide an outstanding university for the people of Appalachia. The LMU main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee, beautifully situated at the foot of the historic Cumberland Gap and occupies more than 1,000 wooded acres with modern educational facilities that include classrooms and laboratories equipped with smart technology. Preclinical courses are taught at both the main Harrogate campus and at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center (DVTC), utilizing state-of-the-art technology and clinical facilities about 15 minutes away from main campus in Ewing, Virginia. 

The goal of our innovative curriculum is to produce competent, practice-ready veterinarians by emphasizing clinical and professional skills. All students receive a well-rounded education in small animal medicine, bovine and equine medicine as well as exposure to avian and exotic animal medicine. 

Features of the LMU-CVM program:

  • Hands-on animal and clinical or professional skills-based experiences start in the first semester and continuing throughout the entire curriculum.
  • The large animal component of the DVTC provides a working farm environment with a large cattle and horse herd.
  • Clinical Year Hybrid Distributive Education program prepares students by giving the experience working in both primary care and specialty private practice environments. Students have flexibility through clinical electives to focus on the facets of veterinary medicine that interest them the most such as small animal, food animal, equine, research, or exotics.
  • Veterinary research opportunities offer students valuable experience in this important facet of the profession. A diverse range of opportunities are available at LMU-CVM and with our partnership with the University of Kentucky. 
  • Case simulation labs teach professional and communication skills in an exam room environment with standardized patients in case scenarios.
  • Students, staff, and faculty serve the health and wellness needs of people, animals, and the environment in Appalachia and beyond with an emphasis on the One Health approach.
  • Our Shelter Outreach to the Appalachian Region (SOAR) program provides small animal spays and neuters for the Appalachian region while providing valuable learning expertise for veterinary students.


Outside of classes, LMU-CVM students have the opportunity to participate in student clubs and activities. LMU is centrally located between Knoxville, TN, and Lexington, KY, two major cities that offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. The Cumberland Gap National Park is a favorite location for students to hike, run, bicycle, and relax between classes.


A complete application includes: VMCAS application, LMU-CVM supplemental application, and GRE scores. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

For more admissions details, please visit our website.



Application materials due: September 17, 2018 at 11:59PM Eastern Time

On-campus Interviews: September–February

Notification of decision: March

Deposit (to hold place in class): $1,250.00

Orientation/Classes Begin: early August


Each completed application will receive a holistic review based on both academic and non-academic factors. Some considerations include:

• Overall GPA, Science GPA, GPA in last 2 years of study

• GRE Scores

• Leadership skills evidenced by participation in student and community organizations

• Well-rounded life experience that demonstrates a judicious balance of academic achievement, community service, and personal interests

• Experience in and knowledge of the veterinary profession

• Written communication skills as seen in a personal statement

• Letters of recommendation submitted via VMCAS


Required undergraduate GPA: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.00 scale. Students who don’t meet the minimum GPA requirement, who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence (GPA > 3.2) in the last 2 years of study (45 semester hours) may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Prerequisite completion: All prerequisite courses must be completed with grade of a C- or higher by the end of the Spring 2018 semester. All science prerequisites must have been completed in the last 10 years, or after August 2007.

AP credit policy: AP courses are accepted if they are specifically listed on an official college transcript and are equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? yes


Course Requirements Semester Hours / Quarter hours
  General Biology with lab   8 / 12
  Genetics*   3 / 4
  3 / 4
  Upper Division Science Electives**   8 / 12
  Organic Chemistry with lab   6 / 9
  General Chemistry with lab   6 / 12
  Physics   3 / 4
  English   3 / 4
  Social and Behavioral Sciences   3 / 4

*Animal breeding/reproduction courses must be approved by LMU-CVM

**Upper Division coursework (300 level or higher) including Anatomy, Cell Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Virology


Tuition: $46,250 (subject to change)

As a nonprofit institution, tuition is the same for all LMU-CVM students, regardless of state residency.


Class size: 115

As a nonprofit institution, LMU does not have separate resident and nonresident seats.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is required and is due by September 17. Exams taken prior to August 2014 will not be accepted. Applicants should schedule the GRE at least 30 days prior to the deadline.

Additional requirements: All applicants are required to complete the LMU-CVM Supplemental Application found on the LMU-CVM website.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Application deadline: 9/17/2018

Further details about the application process and the LMUCVM program can be found at:

Last Updated 3/21/2017 srb