Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine

Baton Rouge, LA 70803-8402
(225) 578-9900
Status: Full Accreditation


LSU SVM (as it’s known as) opened its doors to its first students in 1973. The entering class consisted of 36 students, all residents of LA. Students from surrounding states such as Arkansas have limited number of seating, while non-residents are extremely limited each year. Still, since its opening in 1973, the school has upgraded to an excellent staff and modern equipment. It houses 3 academic departments, plus the veterinary medicine library, teaching hospital and clinic and the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

The COE granted full accreditation to LSU SVM in 2010, and will re-evaluate the school’s ability to meet all requirements again in 2012. Students who enter into the DVM program must complete a specific number of credit hours per semester to keep up with the class. Subjects such as chemistry, biology, math, English, pathology, diseases, oncology, anatomy and physiology are some of the courses that are required during the 4-year program.

To Apply Online visit, http://www.vetmed.lsu.edu/admissions/index.asp

Education and Training

LSU SVM offers many different programs for prospective veterinarians. The DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), MS (Master of Science) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) are available to students who show a desire, passion and dedication to the veterinary medicine field. Most applicants have previous backgrounds dealing with animals, by means of volunteer work and community services. This experience is crucial when competing for such limited seating.

Academic Departments

  • Comparative Biomedical Sciences
  • Pathobiological Sciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Tuition and Fees

Due to the numerous fees associated with the DVM program, tuition rates tend to be higher than other vet schools. There is a required fee, academic excellence fee, technology fee, utility surcharge fee, and operational fees on top of the tuition. Unfortunately, students must pay these fees each semester, or 15 credit hours. Fall prices tend to be slightly higher than summer and spring rates. Financial Aid is available for those students who need assistance.

For Financial Aid Forms, visit http://www.lsu.edu/financialaid

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

# Total Applicants: 642

# Total Students Enrolled: 87

# of Male Students Enrolled: 22

# of Female Students Enrolled: 65

Overall GPA: 3.81

Average GRE Score: 1143

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $22,055.10

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $88,220.40

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $58,353

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $233,412