The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences provides graduate professional training to interns and residents through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Recruitment and selection for this program are through the Veterinary Intern and Resident Matching Program (VIRMP). 

Residencies provide 2 - 4 years advanced clinical training with board certified faculty members, teaching experience, research opportunities, preparation for specialty board certification and offer concurrent graduate coursework for advanced degree (MS or PhD). Residency programs include: Anesthesia & AnalgesiaCardiology, Clinical Pathology, Small Animal Emergency and Critical CareSmall Animal Surgery, Comparative Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Equine Medicine, Equine Practice, Equine Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Theriogenology and Zoological Medicine.  Availability of residency programs vary.  To view current residency opportunities, please visit

Residencies are also available in Anatomic Pathology through the Department of Pathobiological Sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisites for a residency?

Candidates must possess a DVM or equivalent degree prior to their start date. Some residencies may have additional requirements, see specific program descriptions above for more details. Employment is contingent on successful background check.

Do you accept foreign applicants for residencies?

LSU SVM welcomes all applicants, domestic and foreign, to apply to our residency programs.  LSU will work with a foreign candidate to assemble paperwork required for the candidate's visa, however, the candidate is responsible for submitting all necessary visa paperwork on a timely basis.  If there is a delay in receiving necessary visa paperwork, the candidate will be responsible for expedited visa fees.  Foreign employees are responsible for maintaining a valid visa status throughout their employment.

Do you accept foreign graduates that meet your visa requirements?

LSU SVM accepts foreign graduates of both AVMA listed and AVMA accredited veterinary schools as long as the visa requirements mentioned above are met (no PAVE or ECFVG training required). Please keep in mind that LSU requires a credential evaluation performed by a NACES member of the DVM or equivalent degree if earned outside of the Unites States.

Do residents receive any benefits?

Louisiana State University classifies residents as University employees. As such, they (and their eligible dependents) qualify for the Louisiana State University employee benefits. The School of Veterinary Medicine also provides workers compensation and malpractice insurance coverage. Salary is payable in monthly increments on the last working business day of each month.  Retirement contributions are withheld from each paycheck. No social security tax is withheld. Federal and state income tax is withheld. The University offers accrual of annual time off following either the University accrual rate (14 hours per month with a maximum accumulation of 176 hours) or the Civil Service Schedule rate (8 hours per month with no maximum accumulation). Sick time off accrual is 8 hours per month.

May I schedule a visit to LSU SVM?

If you are interested in a particular residency and would like inquire regarding a possible visit, please make sure that the position is available by checking on, and then you can contact the Program Director of that position. 'Please note that not all specialties advertise positions through the VIRMP. Also keep in mind that some services cannot accommodate visitors and may only schedule an online interview if necessary.

Residency Program Program Director
Anesthesia & Analgesia Dr. Jeannette Cremer
Cardiology Dr. Aliya Magee
Clinical Pathology Dr. Shannon Dehghanpir
Small Animal Surgery Dr. Karanvir Aulakh
Comparative Ophthalmology Dr. Andrew Lewin
Dermatology Dr. Cherie Pucheu
Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Nathalie Rademacher
Equine Medicine Dr. Frank Andrews
Equine Practice Dr. Jennifer Sones
Equine Surgery Dr. Laura Riggs
Medical Oncology Dr. Bonnie Boudreaux
Radiation Oncology Dr. Jayme Looper
Small Animal Internal Medicine Dr. Andrea Johnston
Theriogenology Dr. Carlos Pinto
Zoological Medicine Dr. Javier Nevarez

After Match Day: I matched with LSU SVM! Now what? 

Congratulations! You will be receiving email correspondence from the VCS House Officer Contact in regards to your next steps.  If your email address on your VIRMP application packet has changed, please email the VCS House Officer Contact with your updated information.

To view current House Officers (VCS Interns, Fellows & Residents) check out our House Officer Composite.