What are the certificate requirements?

Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Medical & Biomedical Sciences

A Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Medical & Biomedical Sciences can be obtained by earning a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in 16 to 18 credit hours taken from a core curriculum plus electives selected in consultation with the program advisor. There is no research component. The core curriculum focuses on the physiological sciences but alternative focus areas may be considered depending on the student's goals.

Core Courses:

CBS 7203 Cell Biology and Histology (3)

CBS 7632 Veterinary Physiology I (3)

CBS 7633 Veterinary Physiology II (3)

CBS 7634 Veterinary Physiology III (2.5)

Elective Courses (partial listing):

CBS 7200 Basic and Applied Anatomy I (3.5)

CBS 7201 Basic and Applied Anatomy II (3)

CBS 7202 Basic and Applied Anatomy III (4)

CBS 7204 Histology and Developmental Anatomy (4)

CBS 7631 Neuroscience (3)

CBS 7104 Biomedical Cell and Molecular Biology (3)

For further information, please contact Dr. George Strain in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at 225-578-9758, or email at strain@lsu.edu or visit our Comparative Biological Sciences homepage.

Graduate Certificate Disclosure

While licensure or certification may be available in your field of study, our program does not directly lead to licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may contribute to the educational requirements for licensure in certain areas of veterinary medicine and may assist you in such pursuits; however, the licensing authority and requirements for specific areas of veterinary medicine falls under the jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, territory, or foreign entity in which the individual practices. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Dr. Tammy Dugas (tammydugas@lsu.edu) with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

My Complaint Wasn’t Resolved by LSU

In the event that you have exhausted all informal and formal procedures through LSU at the institutional level, you may submit a written complaint to the Louisiana Board of Regents or to SACSCOC. They will attempt to facilitate a resolution. See below for details:

Students can file a complaint (after going through the grievance policies of the institution) to SACSCOC using the following form sent via ground mail to:


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

1866 Southern Lane

Decatur, GA 30033-4097

And to the state authorization agency (if a distance education student and is unable to resolve the complaint through the grievance policies of the institution) using the following form to:

Louisiana Board of Regents

P.O. Box 3677

Baton Rouge, LA


ATTN: SARA Student Complaints