Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Requirements

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, a total of 3 letters of recommendation from:A veterinarianA professorA current or previous employer
Can I submit more Letters of Recommendation?
  • To enable all students to be evaluated on equal terms we allow only 4 letters of recommendation
 Does it matter how long ago my coursework was completed?
  • Yes, all science pre-requisite courses must have been taken within the past 10 years (finished no later than August 2015)
What is the deadline for taking the GRE?
  • GRE Scores are due to us by September 15th. We highly encourage you to take your exam no later than 4 weeks prior to the deadline to ensure your scores are received by the deadline.
My GRE Score is over 3 years old…do I need to retake the exam?
  • Yes, if your last GRE exam was before August 2012 you will need to retake the exam.
Can I submit the MCAT instead of the GRE?
  • No, 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 more than once. Even if you don’t improve your score you will show the admissions committee an effort to improve.
Do I have to complete all Pre-Req courses prior to submitting my application?
  • No, while it is advantageous to have the majority of prerequisites completed, particularly those in Organic and Bio-Chemistry, and advanced Biology at the time of their application, you do not have to have all of your pre-requisite courses completed prior to submitting your application. You will need to show a clear plan for successfully completing your pre-requisites courses by the Spring 2016 semester/quarter.
Do I have to have a Bachelor’s degree to be admitted?
  • No, completion of a Bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for admission. However you must fulfill all pre-requisite requirements by the Spring 2016 semester/quarter
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
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, if the AP course(s) appear to be on an official college transcript with the AP test subject and number of credits listed and is equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework it can be used for a pre-requisite.
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. 
Is there a preferred undergraduate major?
  • Successful graduates of veterinary education programs come from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Application Process

Do you have a supplemental application?
When is the VMCAS Deadline? What is the deadline for your supplemental application?
  • The deadline for both the VMCAS application and the LMU-CVM Supplemental application is September 15, 2015 at 12 midnight EST.
Does LMU-CVM show favoritism to state residents?
  • No. As a private, non-profit university, LMU-CVM does not differentiate in the tuition fee or the number of seats available based upon your state of residency.
When are admissions decisions made?
  • Applicants who are interviewed will receive a decision from the Admissions Committee in March.
What does the Admission Committee use as criteria in the selection of students to admit to the DVM program?


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.

LMU-CVM Curriculum and Clinical Experiences

What is the size of the LMU-CVM Class of 2020?
  • The estimated size of the Class of 2020 is 110.
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.
Where can I learn more about your DVM program?
What is the estimated cost of attendance at LMU-CVM?
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.
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 & professional 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”.
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).


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.