LSU SVM welcomes its 45th class

The LSU SVM received 695 applications and accepted 90 students into the Class of 2021


Class of 2021




The students in the Class of 2021 began their professional veterinary journey with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on August 11 when they started orientation. On August 16, they received their blue lab coats and took the professional oath of conduct.


The LSU SVM received 695 applications for this class. Of these 695 applications, 145 were submitted by Louisiana residents, 36 were submitted by Arkansas residents, and 514 came from other states and Puerto Rico. The LSU SVM admitted 90 students (62 from Louisiana, 9 from Arkansas, four each from Texas, Georgia and Florida, three from Puerto Rico, two from Mississippi, and one each from California and Virginia.)


Seventy-seven members of the class are female (87 percent), which is the highest percentage in the history of the school, and 12 are male (13 percent). The students’ ages range from 20 to over 50 for a median age of 24. Twenty percent of the Class of 2021 comes from underrepresented minority groups. This is the most diverse class that the LSU SVM has had in its history and is approximately three-times higher than the case three years ago.


Of the 90 students accepted into this class, 62 had college degrees at the date of their acceptance into veterinary school (44 BS, 3 BA, 8 Master’s and 7 other). Twenty-eight students did not have a degree by their acceptance date (a college degree is not required to be accepted into the LSU SVM though students need at least two years of college courses in order to meet the minimum requirements).


The average required course GPA for the entire class is 3.71. For students from Louisiana, the average required course GPA is 3.77; for Arkansas, it is 3.80; and for other states, it is 3.81. The average GRE score (verbal and quantitative) for this class is 305 with averages of 304, 304 and 307 for Louisiana, Arkansas and out-of-state residents, respectively.


If you are contemplating a career in veterinary medicine, you should acquire a sound foundation in the biological and physical sciences and a general knowledge of the arts and humanities in both high school and college. In addition, you should be motivated by a respect for animals, a sincere desire to serve the public, a propensity for the biological and medical sciences, and a deep interest in promotion of the health of animal and human populations. You must have a high aptitude for scientific study and must possess an excellent moral and ethical character.


Candidates for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree must complete a minimum of six years of college education. This includes two or more years of pre-veterinary coursework and four years of the professional DVM program. The pre-veterinary requirements may be completed at LSU or at any other accredited college or university offering courses of the quality and content of those prescribed in the LSU General Catalog.


The prerequisite courses for admission may be completed in a minimum of two years. A Bachelor's degree is not a requirement for acceptance into the LSU SVM's DVM program, although applicants are strongly encouraged to follow an undergraduate degree path in the event that entrance into the DVM program is not granted. For information about the DVM program at the LSU SVM, go to


The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.


For more information, please contact Julie Thomas, public relations coordinator for the LSU SVM, at or call 225-578-0110.