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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 climate in Harrogate is moderate with distinct seasons.

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, master’s and doctoral degrees. The universities’ 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.

Curriculum
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) curriculum is a four-year, 8 semester, 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 graduates from “day one” of their professional career. The pre-clinical sciences are taught on the Harrogate 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 skills in order to successfully diagnose and treat disease. Therefore, as part of the “clinical immersion” concept, the CVM places a high emphasis on the development of clinical skills during the final three semesters of the curriculum.

The process begins at the LMU campus in Harrogate, where under the tutelage of the faculty, students will participate in “structured laboratory sessions” in order to develop diverse clinical skills such as physical examination and additional diagnostic skills, and expertise in surgical and other therapeutic skills for the treatment of disease. This in-house phase of clinical experience begins in the first semester and builds throughout the pre-clinical courses. In the Fall term of the third year (semester 5), and the 8 week Winter “Mini-Semester” (semester 5 and the first half of semester 6), students receive a comprehensive review and refine their clinical and surgical skills in preparation for the distributed clinical portion of the curriculum.

During the final 2 ½ semesters, beginning in the second half of Semester 6 and continuing through the completion of the program, students are sent to “distributed clinical sites” throughout the region and nation where they continue refining their knowledge 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 the next generation of veterinarians.

Application Information

For specific information on applying to LMU College of Veterinary Medicine (availability, deadlines, fees and VMCAS participation) please refer to the contact information listed above. LMU-CVM will admit 85 students for its inaugural class.

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.


Prerequisites for Admission

Course Requirements

Semester Hours

Quarter hours

Biology (with laboratory)

8

10

Genetics

3

4

Biochemistry

3

4

Advanced Biology1

6

8

Organic Chemistry (with laboratory)

8

10

Inorganic Chemistry (with laboratory)

8

10

Physics

3

4

English

6

8

Speech Communications

3

4

Probability and Statistics

3

4

History ( World History preferred)

3

4

Social and Behavioral Sciences2

6

8


1 upper division course; includes Anatomy, Cell biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Virology

2 at least half as upper-division courses; include Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science or Sociology. Consideration will be given to courses with content in Ethics, Critical Thinking, Cultural Diversity, Social Responsibility, One Health, Human Animal Bond).

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 these criteria, with a GPA < 2.8, who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence in the last 2 years of study (60 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.

Standardized examinations: 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 2014, results of GRE tests taken prior to November 2010 will not be accepted.

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 scores are valid for three years prior to matriculation.

Additional requirements: All applicants are required to complete the LMU-CVM Supplemental Application which will be available on-line at http://www.lmunet.edu/cvm/Admissions/ on or before September 2, 2013.

The LMU-CVM uses the “Personal Potential Index” developed and administered through the Educational Testing Service for the collection of letters of reference and recommendations. We require electronic submission of personal evaluations from one (1) each of the following four (4) types of individuals (a) veterinarian, (b) university faculty, (c) university faculty, and (d) previous employer. Please visit http://www.ets.org/ppi for additional information on how to request your electronic evaluations.

Summary of Admissions Procedure
Timetable: VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday October 2, 2013, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Review of completed application packages (VMCAS application; LMU-CVM Supplemental Application, College transcripts, GRE Scores, and PPI electronic evaluations) will begin November 1, 2013. Applications will not be considered by the Admissions Committee until the file is complete. LMU-CVM has waived the Supplemental Application fee for the 2013-2014 application cycle.

On-campus Interviews are held: November through March

Students will be notified of their acceptance status within 6 weeks following the interview.

Applicants must respond to the LMU-CVM acceptance offer and submit a deposit to hold their place in the class on April 15, 2014. Acceptance offers made prior to April 15, 2014 are non-binding and applicants are under no obligation to secure their place in the class with a deposit.

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

Academic record
1. Overall GPA, Science GPA, GPA in last 2 years of full time study
2. GRE score

Non-technical skills/Aptitudes
1. Professional potential based on references and recommendations provided in the electronically submitted evaluations and letters of reference
2. Life experiences that demonstrate a balance of academic, work, and personal commitments
3. 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 animal-related experience.

Expenses for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Tuition and fees

As a private, not for profit, institution of higher education, Lincoln Memorial University does not differentiate applicants based on residency in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia, and applicants residing elsewhere in the United States and internationally.

Resident and nonresidents: $40,241.00


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