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 veterinarian, a professor, and a current or previous employer.
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.
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 5 years old…do I need to retake the exam?
Yes, if your last GRE exam was taken over five years ago 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 semester/quarter prior to entry.
Do I need 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 semester/quarter prior to entry.
What types of scholarships are available for Veterinary students?
LMU-CVM is committed to providing scholarships to students each year. Details regarding the size of the monetary award, application process, and selection criteria will be available online as they become available.
What are the pre-requisite course requirements?
Prerequisite courses required for admission to the LMU-CVM program are listed here: Requirements to Apply
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. The database of US Dept. of Education recognized colleges can be accessed by following this link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation
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 CVM 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.
We use your VMCAS calculated GPA. Click here to read more about how VMCAS calculates your GPA.
Is there a preferred undergraduate major?
Successful graduates of veterinary education programs come from a variety of academic backgrounds.