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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) 869-9000, ext. 6676


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is an accredited, independent, private, not-for-profit university founded through Abraham Lincoln’s desire to organize a great university for the people of Appalachia. The campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee, beautifully situated at the foot of historic Cumberland Gap, the 18th cen­tury gateway to the west pioneered by Daniel Boone. Only 58 miles north of Knoxville and 132 miles south of Lexington KY, LMU centrally located between two major cities that offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. The nearby Cumberland Gap National Historic Park is a favorite location for LMU students to hike, run, bicycle, and relax in between classes  throughout  the semester.

The LMU campus occupies more than 1,000 beautiful wooded acres, with modern educational facilities that include smart technology classrooms and laboratories. The University has a combined enrollment of 4300 undergraduate, graduate and professional students and awards the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. The University’s professional programs include veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, nursing, physician’s assistant, osteopathic medicine, law, medical laboratory science, and athletic training. Lincoln Memorial University’s mission is three-fold: values-based service to humanity, providing educational and research op­portunities to students, and advancing life throughout the Appalachian region and beyond.



The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) curriculum is a four-year, 8 semester, and program of study culminating in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. The curriculum is based on the philosophy of clinical immersion as a practical approach to professional education that recognizes medical knowledge must be developed side-by-side with clinical skills. Clinical skills are developed in 3 areas of instructional emphasis: (1) veterinary problem-solving and clinical judgment, (2) client communication, and (3) technical proficiency in the performance of routine and advanced veterinary procedures. The overall aim of the clinical immersion curriculum is to maximize clinical competency of our students upon graduation. The pre-clinical sciences are taught on the LMU-CVM campus in semesters 1 through 5 as a foundation to developing an integrated understanding of the structure and interrelated function of the normal animal, and the mechanisms of disease. Course content is delivered via a modified approach to the study of body systems, in which the relevant structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are presented together. This approach helps the student develop a comprehensive and practical understanding of the body’s systems, and begins to train the mind in the discipline of clinical reasoning or “thinking like a doctor” essential for the clinical experiences that occur in semesters 6 through 8. The entire curriculum is taught with the One Health philosophy in mind. One Health recognizes the interaction between the health of animals, humans, and our shared environment, at both the individual and population levels.

Clinical Experience

The LMU-CVM recognizes the intensely practical nature of veterinary medicine and that the successful veterinarian must be able to integrate knowledge with a broad array of clinical and professional skills in order to successfully treat disease, prevent disease, and effectively communicate in a clinical setting. Therefore, as part of the clinical immersion concept, the CVM places a high emphasis on the development of clinical and professional skills throughout the curriculum.

The process begins at the LMU-CVM campus, where under the tutelage of the faculty, students will participate in structured laboratory sessions in order to develop diverse skills such as physical examination, diagnostic skills, surgical skills, therapeutic skills, how to work as both a member and leader of a health care team, and how to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues. This in-house phase of clinical experience begins in the first semester and builds throughout the pre-clinical courses. Beginning in the Fall term of the third year students receive a compre­hensive review and refine their clinical and surgical skills in preparation for the distributed clinical portion of the curriculum.

During the clinical experience, students are sent to community based distributed clinical sites throughout the region and nation where they continue refining their knowledge, and professional and clinical skills. Each distributed clinical site has been carefully chosen by the CVM; and participating mentors are adjunct members of the CVM faculty. These highly experienced and dedicated veterinarians have a dem­onstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and in mentoring.


For specific information on applying to LMU College of Veterinary Medicine (availability, deadlines, fees and VMCAS participation) please refer to our website. LMU-CVM will admit 100 students for 2014-2015 admissions cycle.

Residency implications: Applicants from all states as well as international applicants will be considered. In-state and out-of-state applicants are given equal consideration.




Course Requirements 1

Semester Hours

Quarter hours

Biology (with laboratory)









Advanced Science Electives 2



Organic Chemistry (with laboratory)



General Chemistry (with laboratory)









Probability and Statistics



Social and Behavioral Sciences 3



Electives 4



1.         Subject to change in the future

2.         Upper division courses (300 level or higher) including Anatomy, Animal Science, Cell Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Virology

3.    Potential courses include, but are not limited to: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Philosophy, Politi cal Science or Sociology. Also included: Ethics, Critical Thinking, Cultural Diversity, Social Responsibility, One Health, Human Animal Bond.

4.    Potential cou rses include but are not limited to: Business, Communications, Foreign Language, History, p ublic Speaking





VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Supplemental application and GRE score deadline: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:00PM Eastern Time

Applications will not be considered by the Admissions Committee until the file is complete. Applications not completed by the October 16th deadline will be withdrawn from the application process.

On-campus Interviews are held: October to January

Students will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision within 3 weeks following the interview. Admission Committee decisions will be one of the following: Accept, Pending, or Deny.

In accordance with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges acceptance deadline policy, students are not required to accept an offer of admission prior to April 15, 2015. The LMU-CVM deadline to submit matriculation paperwork and fee is April 15, 2015.


Applicants will be invited to campus for interviews based on holistic evaluation of their complete applica­tion with consideration to the following criteria:

Academic record

Overall GPA, Science GPA, GPA in last 2 years of full time study

GRE score

Non-technical skills/Aptitudes

Professional potential based on references and recommendations provided in the electronically submitted evaluations and letters of reference

Life experiences that demonstrate a balance of academic, work, community and personal commitments

Submission of a personal statement that (a) communicates knowledge of the veterinary profession, (b) summarizes personal experiences that have shaped the applicant’s interest in veterinary medicine, including type(s) and amount of veterinary-related experience.


All pre-requisites course must be completed with grade of a C (2.0) or higher; C- grades will not be accepted. All science pre-requisites must be completed within the last 10 years. Courses completed prior to August 2005 will not be considered.

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

Required undergraduate GPA: To be considered for admission, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.00 scale upon completion of a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Alternatively, students not meeting a GPA of <2.8, who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence (GPA >3.1) in the last 2 years of study (45 semester hours) may be considered on a case by case basis.

Course completion deadline: All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation. Final grades for all prerequisite courses must be verified prior to registration for LMU-CVM courses. Official transcripts must be submitted and ver­ified by VMCAS directly following the completion of both Fall and Spring Semesters.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Estimated Tuition Resident: $40,241.00 (subject to change)

Estimated Tuition Contract: 0

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $40,241.00


Resident: pending

Contract: pending

Non-Resident: pending


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that includes verbal, quantitative, and analytic sub-sections is required for all applicants. The GRE scores must be current within the last 3 years of the application. The score code for LMU-CVM is 7576 (Lincoln Memorial Univ Vet Med). For applicants planning to matriculate in August 2015, results of GRE tests taken prior to Au­gust 2012 will not be accepted. Computer-based GRE tests must be taken by September 30, 2014 in order for LMU-CVM to receive the scores by the October 16th deadline. We encourage you to take the test well in advance of the deadline.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants who are not U.S. citizens and for whom English is a second language. EXCEPTION: The TOEFL examination will be waived for students who have graduated with a baccalaureate or higher degree from a U.S. institution at time of application. Applicants must receive a minimum score of 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); or 79 (internet-based). TOEFL must be taken within 3 years of applying.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Additional requirements: All applicants are required to complete the LMU-CVM Supplemental Application which will be available on the LMU-CVM website after the 2014-2015 VMCAS application cycle opens.

Application Deadline: 10/2/2014


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