Applicant Selection Procedure

All completed applications will be evaluated with no minimum qualifications required for consideration. Applicants with a cumulative overall GPA of less than or equal to a 3.2 will first undergo a focused academic review. Applicants from this review that demonstrate recent, high academic performance trends in advanced biomedical and/or animal science courses in context of other application materials will be returned to the appropriate general residency pool for further consideration. 

Applicants are evaluated on academic and non-academic credentials together in context of one another. After thorough review and consideration of all materials submitted by an individual, candidates are ranked for selection according to competitiveness among fellow applicants. Listed below is a sample of the application areas considered with helpful insights about each. These areas are not individually weighted and are considered in context of the whole application, including any unique circumstances explained by the candidate.

It is the prerogative of the Veterinary Admissions Committee to hold or not hold interviews each cycle. If held, interview performance will be a selection factor for those invited to interview. Information regarding interviews will be communicated to applicants in late December of the application cycle.

evaluation areas

Candidates should demonstrate an ability to handle coursework that is preparatory for the professional-level veterinary curriculum. This includes high academic performance trends in advanced biomedical and/or animal science courses in context of other application materials. Demonstrating the ability to handle a rigorous course load and/or workload while maintaining good academic performance supports the candidate's ability to manage academic and non-academic responsibilities.

Other coursework can support a candidate's career goals, interests, and general education. There are no preferred majors. Completion of a degree(s) is not as important as demonstration of strong academic success in advanced coursework. A bachelor's degree is not required for admission.

Veterinary experience includes experiences under the supervision of a veterinarian while animal experiences includes work with animals not with a veterinarian. Candidates are encouraged to seek some experience (paid, voluntary, or observational) in an area related to their career interest. Experience provides an opportunity to understand the veterinary profession, learn about career fields, gain skills and first-hand exposure, and build relationships with mentors or those who may provide positive letters of evaluation.

No minimum number of experience hours is required. Candidates have been admitted with no experience to well over 10,000 hours. The average number of experience hours is approximately 2,000 because of this wide range; however, 100-300 hours is an appropriate goal for a new applicant.

For assistance in classifying experience, visit the VMCAS Experience Help Center

Candidates should include non-veterinary, non-animal experiences and affiliations in their application. This includes experiences related to previous employment, extracurricular activities, research, and community volunteering. These experiences provide more insight to the candidate's skills, interests, goals, and values. Candidates should focus on post-secondary education experiences; however, it would be appropriate for candidates to include significant, impactful multi-year secondary education experiences (e.g., scouts, 4-H, FFA, band, etc.) if they are important to understanding the candidate's identity. 

Applicants who have had careers outside of veterinary medicine should include this information in their application also. 

For assistance in classifying experience, visit the VMCAS Experience Help Center

Essays provide the opportunity to share meaningful information about a candidate's personal journey to a career in veterinary medicine as well as their understanding of the profession related to their career goals and interests.

Candidates should carefully provide answers that address prompts, review their writing for completeness, messaging, spelling and grammar, and provide individualized insight about themselves. 

Essay responses must be the original work of the candidate. Use of a third party service or artificial intelligence for generation of essay responses is prohibited. The Office of Veterinary Admissions and Student Success reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission or dismiss a matriculated student from the program if it is found that a candidate has misrepresented themselves, provided false information, or has not responded through their own original narrative in the application. 

Letters of recommendation should provide additional perspective about the candidate unique from information entered into the application. High quality evaluations are rich in insight to the candidate's readiness or abilities as a student, a colleague, a veterinarian, a professional, an employee, etc. 

LSU Vet Med Applicants are required to have 3 electronic letters of recommendation submitted through the VMCAS. One letter of recommendation must be from a veterinarian. Candidate's can submit up to 6 letters. Quality of letters is more important than quantity. All letters provided will be reviewed. We recommend one letter from a veterinarian, one from an academic source, and one from an employer; however, candidates may select other sources that provide diverse perspectives. 

Letters of recommendation provided directly to our office instead of through VMCAS will not be considered. Evaluators must submit their recommendation by the VMCAS application deadline. 


Beginning the 2023-2024 application cycle, "Required Course" and "Last 45 Credit Hour" GPAs will also not be calculated or utilized in evaluation. In its place the overall cumulative GPA will be used for administrative purposes to designate an application for a focused academic review. Academic evaluation for all candidates will consider academic trends in context of course load, workload, course type, academic performance, unique circumstances, etc. Applications receiving a focused academic review that demonstrate strong academic success in recent advanced biomedical and/or animal science coursework, may be selected for further consideration in their general residency pool.  All completed applications will be evaluated in the focused academic review, general review, or both. 

Other Information

Admission to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is granted only for the fall semester of each academic year and only on a full-time basis. The number of positions available in the program is set prior to selection with specific designations for in-state and out-of-state residents.

The Veterinary Admissions Committee and Director of Veterinary Outreach and Admissions are responsible for determining application procedure with supporting approval from the LSU Vet Med faculty and Dean. The Veterinary Admissions Committee is responsible for selecting the class cohort by thorough review of applicant materials and making recommendations to the Dean who retains the right to approve final offer decisions.

To be considered for selection, applicants must submit all required materials and meet submission deadlines during the cycle they plan to matriculate. Visit the "How to Apply" and "General Requirements" for details on submitting a completed application.