Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine

June 2024
Volume XII

This handbook is designed to serve as a guide to the rules, policies, and services of the Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine; therefore, it is not intended to establish a contract and the University reserves the right to amend, modify, or change regulations, policies, and financial charges stated in this handbook throughout the year. In such a case, the University will make reasonable efforts to notify the University community of any changes in policies and regulations in a timely manner. Notification shall be made via MyLMU, the University website, or to University issued e-mail accounts as deemed appropriate. Any rules, regulations, policies, procedures, or other representations made herein may be interpreted and applied by the Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine to promote fairness and academic excellence, based on the circumstances of each individual situation. 

This handbook represents a program of the current curricula, educational plans, offerings, and requirements of the Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine. The College reserves the right to change any provisions, offerings, tuition, fees, or requirements at any time within the student's period of study at the school. 

This catalog/handbook is a supplement to the Lincoln Memorial University General Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, which students should consult for information on matters not covered in this document.


Effective through 7/31/2025

The 1000-acre LMU campus -- its grounds, its buildings, its equipment, and its human resources -- is one of the most strikingly beautiful and functional in the country. Located in a rural setting just 55 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, the campus is a visual treat under dynamic, experienced administrative leadership and a committed, well-prepared faculty. LMU has an atmosphere of openness and concern for the needs of each individual and sets a premium on creating the best conditions for learning.

The Office of Student Affairs and Admissions (OSAA), overseen by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions (ADSAA), is responsible for all admissions procedures, providing academic support, and assisting veterinary students to find academic, professional, and personal resources needed to promote student success. In addition, the OSAA is a center for campus life and oversees all student activities, student government functions, student clubs, the student representative program and all other non-academic student-life issues.

The OSAA is committed to creating an environment that is conducive to learning so that all students reach their full academic potential. It works closely with various college and university committees to create an environment that facilitates student learning. The OSAA has an open-door policy and students are encouraged to come by the Office in CVM Room 313 at any time to ask questions, bring up concerns, or to simply stop in and say hello. The Lincoln Memorial University Office of Student Services will provide students with information on parking, meal plans, housing, events, etc. in cooperation with the CVM OSAA.

The official email address for any general Student Services questions is

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), overseen by the Dean, Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences (ADCS), and Associate Dean of Basic Sciences and Research (ADBSR), is responsible for the development and management of curriculum, managing student progress through the curriculum to include management of students' academic records, reviewing and developing strategic plans for outcomes and assessment, support accreditation efforts, supporting faculty recruitment, development, and scholarship, and supporting all initiatives of the college. It also oversees the Center for Innovation in Veterinary Education and Technology that directly supports the Office of Academic Affairs initiatives through faculty and curriculum development. The OAA is committed to creating a quality academic experience to produce competent, confident, day-one ready graduates. It works closely with various college and university committees to create an environment that facilitates student learning.

LMU-CVM is a student-centric institution - the input and opinion of students is important. The OAA works closely with student leaders to continuously improve the LMU- CVM program. Any student who has a question or request that has not been addressed regarding progress through the program or curriculum should contact the Dean.

Students in the Richard A.Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine should be mindful of the academic calender(s) their program follows. Please reference below:

VMT: Undergraduate Academic Calendar (

VBMS: Both the DVM Calendars (located in this section) and Graduate Academic Calendar (

MVEd: Graduate Academic Calendar (

MVCC: Graduate Academic Calendar (

DVM: Calendars located in this section