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Louisiana State University


Office of Student and Academic Affairs
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge LA 70803
Telephone: (225) 578-9537
Fax: (225) 578-9546

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. South Louisiana has a balmy climate that encourages lush vegetation and comfortable temperatures year round.
The 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, and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics. The school is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Application Information
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the LSU SVM admissions website at .
Residency implications: The LSU SVM accepts 55-60 in-state residents and has approximately 9 seats reserved for AR contract students. The remaining 18-23 seats are offered to non-resident students.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
General Biology   8
Microbiology (w/lab)(1)   4
Physics   6
General Chemistry   8
Organic Chemistry   3
Biochemistry (2)   3
English Composition   6
Speech Communication   3
Mathematics   5
Electives 20
1Lab component must accompany the microbiology lecture.
2Must have organic chemistry as prerequisite. For more details regarding prerequisites, visit the LSU SVM Admissions web site at
Required undergraduate GPA: the minimum acceptable GPA for required coursework is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. The mean GPA of the most recent entering class at the time of acceptance was 3.77.
AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Course completion deadline: prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term preceding matriculation. (For example, if applying for fall ‘14 matriculation, all prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring ‘14 semester.)

Standardized examinations: The GRE® revised General Test is required. The scores must be received no later than November 15. NOTE - All applicants must take the GRE® revised General Test that started in August ‘11. The old, General GRE® exam is NOT acceptable beginning in the 2012 - 2013 application cycle.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal/veterinary work experience is highly desired along with motivation, maturity, leadership skills; demonstrated communication skills; breadth of interests; entrepreneurial and business skills.
International students are accepted only if all prerequisite coursework is completed at an accredited university within the United States or Canada.
Summary of Admission Procedure
Last date to take GRE: October 1
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Supplemental application deadline: November 15 (Supplemental
Application Link: )
Supplemental application fee ($75) deadline: November 15
GRE® score submission deadline: November 15
Date interviews are held: February/March*
Date acceptances mailed: mid-March
School begins: mid-August
*Interview invitations are extended to a select number of Louisiana, Arkansas, and out of state applicants as determined by the LSU SVM Admissions Committee.
Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00 for nonresidents only.
Deferments: considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation criteria
The approximate components of the evaluation scoring are:
Objective evaluation:
GPA required courses 29%
GPA last 45 hours 18%
Test scores 18%
Subjective evaluation:
Animal/veterinary experience, references 15% (min. of 3 required, one by a veterinarian), essay, knowledge of profession, etc
Personal interview 10%
Committee evaluation 10%
2012–2013 Admissions Summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 154 63
Contract (AR)   39   9
Nonresident 553 13
Total 798 88
Expenses for the 2011–2012 Academic Year
Tuition and fees (estimated)
Resident $19,552
Contract* $19,552
Nonresident $45,352
* For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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