Prerequisites

Pre-veterinary students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the admission requirements for the professional DVM program at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Students should work with a pre-veterinary advisor to prepare for enrollment in a DVM program. Prerequisite courses do not need to be completed at LSU for admission into the DVM program.

All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation. (i.e., if applying for fall 2023 matriculation, all prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring 2023 semester, and the official transcript with final grades must be submitted no later than June 14th.) Prerequisites taken during the summer 2023 semester will NOT be accepted in the 2022-2023 application cycle.

A minimum of 66 total semester hours is required for consideration for admission into the professional DVM program. This must include the 44 semester credit hours of the courses listed below. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (“A” = 4.00) in these courses is required for consideration for admission. All prerequisite coursework must be passed with a "C" grade or better. (A "C-" is still considered an acceptable passing grade.) Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable, but is not used in the computation of the grade-point average. Credit is granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations if credit was given by the undergraduate university. If there are any questions regarding equivalency of courses, please contact the LSU Vet Med Office of Admissions and Student Success at svmadmissions@lsu.edu; Phone: 225-578-9537; Fax: 225-578-9546).

Regarding Foreign Coursework for Domestic or International Students - Please submit unofficial WES transcripts to us at svmadmissions@lsu.edu for course evaluation and advising purposes. 

Pre-Requisite Review

If you are requesting a course substitute or to determine if a course fulfills one of the listed LSU Vet Med DVM prerequisites, please use the link below. All courses must be completed at an accredited institution.

PRE-REQUISITE REVIEW FORM

Additional Course Information - In selecting the remaining required courses for admission to the professional program, applicants should consider the following:

All 46 credit hours listed above must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to desired matriculation. (e.g.- If applying for matriculation into the fall '19 must be successfully completed by the end of the spring '19 semester.) Course requirements are not waived in lieu of work experience and/or earned degrees. All prerequisite coursework must be taken at an accredited institution within the United States or Canada; courses from foreign institutions cannot be accepted.

New knowledge, especially in the sciences, is accruing at a rapid rate and records of students who have completed their pre-professional requirements several years prior to application will be carefully scrutinized.

Students who are enrolled at accredited institutions other than LSU must determine that courses taken conform in content and quality to descriptions contained in the latest issue of the LSU General Catalog, which can be accessed online or obtained for $3 per copy upon request from the LSU Office of Student Records & Registration, 112 Thomas Boyd Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. If there is a question as to the course equivalency of a course previously taken, please email svmadmissions@lsu.edu. Note that full transcript evaluations are only performed once the application cycle has begun.

At minimum, organic chemistry, one biology course - preferably microbiology w/lab, and one physics course MUST be completed within the last six years, and it is strongly advised that ALL required science courses be completed within six calendar years immediately prior to application. ( e.g. for possible fall '18 matriculation, all science courses should be completed no further back than the fall '12 semester.)

Prerequisites taken longer than 10 years ago may not be accepted. Written appeals regarding this 10-year policy can be sent to the Director of Admissions at svmadmissions@lsu.edu and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants may choose to re-take a course to better master the subject at any point. If a course that is more than six years old is retaken, the most recent grade will be used otherwise all of the grades/credits for that specific course will be used when computing grade point averages. (I.E. - If a "D" is earned in a BIOL 1202 course taken in 2013 and a "B" is earned in a subsequent BIOL 1202 course taken in 2014, a total of six credit hours and 12 quality points are calculated into the Required Course GPA.)

Credit earned through advanced standing and advanced placement exams is acceptable, but is not used in the computation of the grade-point average. Evaluation of the applicant’s record in the pre-professional program is made in accordance with LSU procedures. Granting of credit for CLEP subject examinations may be considered in those subjects recommended by various departments of the University upon receipt of test scores indicating the student meets the minimum acceptable scores required by those departments.

The minimum Required Course GPA for eligibility is a 3.00. An applicant has to be competitive on a broad scale, as there are three objective areas and two subjective areas that are evaluated during the admissions process. Interested applicants should visit the "Previous Class Statistics" page to get a better idea of what the class averages are that it will take to be competitive in the applicant pool. It is also strongly advised that interested applicants also read through the "Applicant Selection Procedure" page.