The LMU-CVM curriculum is a full-time four academic-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). The curriculum will stress the interdependence of the biological, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. Throughout the curriculum, emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of the diseases of animals. The curriculum uses live animals, clinical immersion, and collaboration with other academic programs. Practical clinical skills, including diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures, will be taught from the beginning, reinforced throughout the curriculum as part of the Clinical Skills courses. Professional skills, including personal development, communication with clients, and collaboration with other health professionals and paraprofessionals will be taught as part of the One Health initiative and the Professional Life Skills courses.

A veterinarian must be skilled in problem-solving and demonstrate expertise in diagnosis. In order to achieve this goal, LMU-CVM's curriculum will emphasize the integration of the basic and clinical sciences. The curriculum will be divided into a pre-clinical phase and a clinical phase.


Calculation of Credit Hours

Calculation of credit hours is based on the following formula: Fifteen lecture hours and a minimum of two hours out of class student work per week for approximately fifteen weeks equals one credit hour, thirty laboratory hours equals one credit hour, and four weeks of rotation equals four credit hours.

1.0 Credit hour= 15 Lecture or Seminar Hours and a minimum of two hours out of class student work per week for approximately fifteen weeks
1.0 Credit hour = 30 Lab Hours


Pre-Clinical Curriculum

The first three years of the DVM program will provide the student with a solid understanding of the basic sciences that form the foundation for veterinary practice. This introduction will occur within the philosophy of "clinical immersion", i.e., the early emphasis on practical application of scientific knowledge to real-life veterinary problems. This approach will help students to develop problem-solving skills and prepare them for entry into the challenging field of veterinary practice.

A pre-clinical academic year consists of two semesters:

  • Academic Year 1 (AY 1): Semesters 1 & 2
  • Academic Year 2 (AY 2): Semesters 3 & 4
  • Academic Year 3 (AY 3): Semesters 5 & 6


Pre-Clinical Coursework Waivers

Selected basic pre-clinical science courses may be waived by prior completion of comparable coursework, as determined by the Associate Dean of Basic Sciences and Research in consultation with the Course Director. The waiver policy is primarily designed for incoming students who have received a graduate degree in a field that the course they are requesting the waiver for encompasses. The Associate Dean of Basic Sciences and Research may waive the course entirely or require the student to successfully pass a comprehensive examination covering the course material. For each course waived, a waiver petition/form must be completed, with the appropriate signatures, and filed with the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions prior to the start of the class. The signed waiver form becomes a part of the academic record at LMU-CVM and serves as a record of the student's completion of those course requirements. The student will receive credit for the course but will not receive a letter grade. The class will not be figured into the student's GPA. Students receiving a waiver will not be eligible for official class rank. The granting of a waiver will not reduce a student's tuition. Students who are granted a waiver are strongly encouraged to use their waived course time and expertise to serve as tutors for their classmates. Clinical rotations may not be waived.


Course Descriptions & Course Catalog

A summary listing of all course descriptions and credit hours is located on the LMU-CVM Web Site at and is available in Degrees and Courses.


Curriculum Digest

The LMU-CVM Curriculum Digest can be accessed from the LMU-CVM and is available in Degrees.


Pre-Clinical Electives

Students are eligible to enroll in Pre-Clinical semester electives so long as they are in good academic standing and are not on any form of probation.

  • There is no minimum number of elective credit hours that students must take.
  • Students may take up to 3 elective credits per semester.
  • Students who fail any course (including other electives) will not be eligible for electives in the following semester.
  • Failure of an elective will not count towards the overall number of failures during an academic year. There is no remediation for a failed elective.
  • A lottery and/or a separate merit-based application will be held for electives with maximum enrollment limitations. Students who are chosen or not chosen will be notified prior to the close of elective selections so that they may participate in other electives.
  • A student may request, from the Dean, permission to drop an elective course ifless than 25% of the course has been completed. Students must complete an Elective Drop/Add Form to request this change, available in the LMU-CVM Office of Academic Affairs. No record of the dropped course will appear on their transcript.
  • Elective course grades affect the GPA and class rank only if the elective is failed. Electives with passing grades have no effect on the GPA or class rank.