Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter how long ago my coursework was completed?
  • Your Science Pre-requisite courses must have been taken within the past 10 years (October 31st, 2004)
What is the deadline for taking the GRE?
  • You need to take the GRE by the VMCAS deadline (at the latest) for the 2014 Admissions Cycle.
My GRE Score is over 3 years old…do I need to retake the exam?
  • If your GRE score is over 3 years old (October 31st, 2011) you will need to retake the examination.
Can I submit the MCAT instead of the GRE?
  • LMU-CVM accepts only the GRE to ensure that all students are evaluated on equal terms.
I have taken the GRE multiple times…which score do you consider?
  • We will consider only your highest score. Please keep in mind that there isn’t a down side to take the GRE frequently. Even if you don’t improve your score you will show the admissions committee an effort to improve.
Where can I find an admissions form for LMU-CVM?
Does LMU-CVM show favoritism to State residents?
  • LMU-CVM is an private non-profit institution of higher learning that does not differentiate in the tuition fee or the number of seats available based upon your State of residency.
When are admissions decisions made?
  • Students will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision within 3 weeks following the interview.  Admission Committee decisions will be one of the following:  Accept, Pending, or Deny.
Do I have to complete all Pre-Req courses prior to submitting my application?
  • The Admissions Committee is able to evaluate your application based on a clearly communicated plan for completion of all prerequisite coursework.
  • It is advantageous to all applicants to have the majority of prerequisites completed, particularly those in Organic and Bio-Chemistry, and advanced Biology at the time of their application.
What is the size of the Veterinary class?
  • Each LMU-CVM class will have 100 students.
What types of scholarships are available for Veterinary students?
  • LMU-CVM is committed to providing scholarships to a limited number of students each year. Details regarding the size of the monetary award, application process, and selection criteria will be available on the LMU-CVM Homepage once they become available.
Do I have to have a Bachelor’s degree to be admitted?
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for admission. However all applicants must fulfill all pre-requisite requirements before you will be allowed to register for courses in the DVM curriculum.
What are the pre-requisite course requirements?
Do you accept online courses
  • Yes, prerequisite coursework can be satisfied by classes offered on-line through various institutions of higher education that are fully accredited and recognized by the US Dept. of Education.  All prerequisite coursework must be documented by official transcripts sent from the appropriate registrar’s office to the Office of Veterinary Admissions at Lincoln Memorial University or submitted through the VMCAS.  The database of US Dept. of Education recognized colleges can be accessed by following this link:  http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx?6d6f64653d31267264743d31302f31372f323031332031303a31343a353520414d
How much Veterinary/Animal experience is required?
  • The LMU-CVM program does not specify how much Veterinary/Animal experience is required for admission to the DVM program. However, all applicants are expected to have sufficient veterinary and animal experience necessary to support their informed decision to seek the education and training required for entry into the profession.
Can Advanced Placement (AP) courses be used to fulfill prerequisites?
  • Yes, Advanced Placement (AP) courses can be used to satisfy the prerequisites for the general education coursework in English, Biology, History, and Statistics.  AP Credits must appear on your college
    transcript to be utilized in your application.
What are your GPA and GRE minimum requirements?
  • All applicants are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale to have their application considered by the Admissions Committee.  The LMU-CVM does not specify a minimum GRE score. 
What does the Admission Committee use as criteria in the selection of students to admit to the DVM program?
Where can I learn more about your DVM program?
What can I do to improve my chances of admission?
  • Competitive applicants to the LMU-CVM are expected to provide an application package that demonstrates a judicious balance of academic achievement, community service, and personal interests with knowledge and commitment to the veterinary profession.
How should I keep track of my veterinary and animal experience hours?
  • The best way to keep track of your veterinary and animal experience hours is to keep a journal.  This will provide you with a reliable record of your experience, and help you remember particular experiences for inclusion in your personal statement. 
How important are my Letters of Recommendation?
  • Your letters of recommendation are especially important for the Admissions Committee to appreciate your intangible characteristics and potential for academic and professional success. It is important that you choose your references carefully so they can provide a balanced image of who you are, your passion for veterinary medicine, and potential for success. 
How many Letters of Recommendation do I need?
  • We require, submitted via VMCAS, 3 letters of recommendation. Ideally speaking, we would like letters from at least 1-2 Veterinarian(s) to speak to your experience and passion for the profession, 1 academic faculty familiar with your classroom performance, and 1 previous or current employer (or supervisor) to comment on your work ethic and accountability.
Can I submit more Letters of Recommendation?
  • To enable all students to be evaluated on equal terms we allow only 4 letters of recommendation
Do you require an admissions interview?
  • Yes, based upon the decision of the Admission committee, competitive applicants are required to visit the LMU campus for an interview.
Do you have a supplemental application?
When is the VMCAS Deadline? What is the deadline for your supplemental application?
  • The deadline for submission of application through VMCAS is October 2014. Please refer to the VMCAS Web page.
  • The LMU-CVM Supplemental application can be submitted up to October 16th 2014.
Can I re-apply if I don’t get accepted on my first application?
  • Yes, you may apply for admission to the DVM program in subsequent application cycles.  A member of the Admissions staff will be available to provide feed-back and guidance for developing a more competitive application.
Do I need to submit a new application each year I apply?
  • Yes, you must submit a new application each year.  It is important that each: “new” application reflect an effort to improve its competitiveness, rather than “re-cycle” the previously submitted document. 
What is the estimated cost of attendance at LMU-CVM?
What should I include in my personal statement?
  • Your personal statement is a special opportunity to promote yourself to the Admissions Committee.  Here is our recommendation for organizing “your” personal statement:
  1. Why do you want to be a veterinarian? Even though it is true for all veterinary applicants please avoid using the phrases: “I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian” and “I love animals”. Instead, write about specific experiences that drew you to the profession and what you have done to learn more about the veterinary profession. Describe how your past experiences have helped to shape your interests. Demonstrate a passion for: animals, people, science, medicine, and society. Be sincere and specific in your response.
  2. How have you prepared yourself for veterinary college and the veterinary profession? In this part of your narrative, discuss the experiences (working, volunteering, internships, etc.) that have shaped your views and led you to apply to veterinary college. Share with the committee the ways in which your experiences have broadened your knowledge of the veterinary profession. Talk about specific skills you have acquired and how they will help you to reach the goals you laid out for yourself.
  3. Why are you applying to LMU-CVM (are you aware of our curriculum and mission statement)? Demonstrate to the admissions committee that you have done your research and have specific reasons why you desire to attend LMU-CVM.
  4. What makes you stand out from other applicants? What makes you unique? What are your accomplishments? What challenges and/or adversity have you overcame in life? Did you have to work during the academic year to support yourself? Are you a leader? An innovator? A tutor? A good communicator? Do you have experience with people from different social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds? Who have been your mentors in life?
Does it matter where I attend college as an undergraduate?
  • No, the prerequisite coursework for all applicants to the LMU-DVM program can be satisfied at any institution of higher education that is fully accredited and recognized by the US Dept. of Education.  All prerequisite coursework must be documented by official transcripts sent from the appropriate registrar’s office to the Office of Veterinary Admissions at Lincoln Memorial University or submitted through the VMCAS.  The database of US Dept. of Education recognized colleges can be accessed by following this link. 

 http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx?6d6f64653d31267264743d31302f31372f323031332031303a31343a353520414d

May I complete some courses at a community college?
  • Yes, the prerequisite coursework for all applicants to the LMU-DVM program can be satisfied at any institution of higher education that is fully accredited and recognized by the US Dept of Education.  All prerequisite coursework must be documented by official transcripts sent from the appropriate registrar’s office to the Office of Veterinary Admissions at Lincoln Memorial University or submitted through the VMCAS.  The database of US Dept of Education recognized colleges can be accessed by following this link. 

http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx?6d6f64653d31267264743d31302f31372f323031332031303a31343a353520414d

Can I meet with an admissions counselor and/or tour the Veterinary School?
Why should I choose LMU’s Veterinary College?
  • The veterinary medical education program at LMU is unique and innovative.  The curriculum is structured to simultaneously develop veterinary knowledge and clinical skills side by side in an educational model that encourages our students to “think like a doctor” very early in the professional program.
  • The curriculum also emphasizes a “One Health” philosophy that recognizes the interactive and mutually dependent relationship of health and well-being for people, animals, and the environment in all semesters of the educational program.
Is there a preferred undergraduate major?
  • Successful graduates of veterinary education programs come from a variety of academic backgrounds.
Do you have any dual degree opportunities?
  • Not at this time.  The LMU-CVM plans in the future to offer Dual-Degree programs in business and veterinary public health.  Details regarding these intended programs will be described on the LMU website once they become available.
Are wildlife, zoo, and exotic animals part of your curriculum?
  • Veterinary health issues of all animal species are covered in the curricular content of the educational program.  Students with an interest wildlife, zoo, and exotic animals will have opportunity during semesters 6 thru 8 to gain clinical experiences in this area. 
How much hands on experience will I get during my education?
  • Students in the professional program will begin developing clinical skills through “hands on” animal experience in the 1st semester of the curriculum.
Does LMU-CVM help me find employment when I graduate?
  • Yes, we are committed to helping our graduates identify and secure employment in the veterinary profession following successful completion of the program.
How much opportunity will I have to focus on areas of most interest to me during the clinical year?
  • Students in semester 6 thru 8 will have approximately 12 weeks to explore particular areas of personal interest in veterinary medicine.
Are LMU-CVM students eligible to sit for licensing examinations?
  • The AVMA states that “when a student graduates from a veterinary school or college that is operating under any classification of AVMA COE accreditation, the student is considered a graduate of an accredited school for purposes of licensing examinations or other certification that requires graduation from an AVMA COE-accredited institution as a prerequisite”. https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Colleges/Documents/coe_faq.pdf
    As a point of clarification, LMU students are not required to take qualifying examinations like those administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).