Technical Standards

The LMU-CVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree indicates that the graduate is a veterinarian who is competent to practice veterinary medicine and is able to apply for and maintain veterinary medical licensure. During their curriculum, all LMU-CVM students are required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe and effective veterinary medical care. Thus, each candidate for admission must possess and maintain the skills, qualities and attributes required to practice direct patient care regardless of his or her intended career pathway.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, LMU-CVM requires that students meet and maintain the ability to meet the following technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation as a condition of participation in the veterinary medical educational program. Reasonable accommodations include those assistive devices and strategies that do not change the: essential requirements of the curriculum and/or the standards of performance judged to be acceptable. Assistance strategies that use trained intermediaries to obtain and interpret data from patients or owners on behalf of the student will not be accepted as reasonable.

Standard 1 – OBSERVATION:

Students must be able to observe a patient accurately (at a distance and nearby), acquire information from written documents, actively participate in instructional activities, observe patients for signs of disease, and to interpret visual diagnostic tests (examples: electrocardiograms, diagnostic imagining, and microscopic evaluation). Students must have sufficient use of the senses necessary to accurately and safely observe and react to a patient at a distance and nearby. The student must be able to perform these procedures in potentially stressful circumstances and in a timely manner across the wide range of veterinary clinical circumstances.

Such observation and information acquisition is typically accomplished through the use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensation while being enhanced by the functional use of other sensory modalities, including smell. In any case where one’s ability to observe or acquire information through typical physical senses is compromised, the student is expected to acquire and effectively use approved auxiliary aids and services. All students are held to the same standards regardless of ability.


Students must be able to relate reasonably to patients and establish sensitive, professional verbal relationships with clients, patients, faculty, and staff. They are expected to personally communicate the results of the history and examination to the client, peers and faculty with accuracy, clarity, efficiency and communicate effectively in oral and written form. Students must be proficient in both communicative and receptive aspects of the English language. The student must also be able to understand and interpret patients’ clinical presentations in order to obtain clinical history, describe changes in behavior, activity and posture, and perceive non-vocal communications. Students must also be able to respond effectively in a timely manner during emergency situations.

Standard 3 – MOTOR:

Students must perform basic diagnostic and medical procedures including but not limited to; complete physical examinations, animal restraint, and basic surgical procedures.


Students must be able to observe, measure, calculate, and utilize information to engage in: critical thinking, data analysis/assimilation, and problem solving in both individual and group contexts that are essential to the function of a veterinarian. Students are expected to be able to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of patients. They must be able to respond with prompt and appropriate action in clinical situations.


Students must accept criticism and respond with appropriate modification of their behavior. Students must possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency necessary to complete the veterinary school curriculum. They must demonstrate professional and ethical demeanor, exhibit inter-personal skills and exemplary behavior in all dealings with peers, faculty, staff, clients, and patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, honesty and law abiding ethical behavior is essential for LMU-CVM students.


The student must conduct themself with integrity, respect, compassion, tolerance and acceptance of others in their interactions with patients, owners, peers, faculty and other members of the LMU-CVM community at all times, including under stress and after limited and/or interrupted sleep. The student must be able to quickly respond to demands within the clinical setting and be able to demonstrate flexibility with the requirements of the curriculum.

Standard 7 – GENERAL HEALTH:

The student must have sufficient physical and mental stamina to perform strenuous workloads for long periods. A student who has a disease that poses a risk of eminent or serious harm to the student, other students, faculty, staff, clients, or patients or that prevents the student from safely performing the clinical duties required by the LMU-CVM curriculum will not be admitted or permitted to continue in the program. Students with allergies need to be aware that they will have sustained contact with multiple species of animals and the environments in which they are house and treated. During such contact, the individual must be able to carry out routine medical care on such animals irrespective of physical discomfort resulting from allergic reactions with hair, dander, skin, or bodily fluids.