Skip Bertman Drive
70803 Baton Rouge, Louisiana United States of America
Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine
Recognition status :
AVBC Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.
AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association
CVMA Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
VCNZ Veterinary Council of New Zealand
The school admitted its first students to the professional curriculum during the 1973-74 academic year. The school participates in the Southern Regional Education Board's program for education in veterinary medicine. Training contracts provide a limited number of entering spaces for qualified candidates from Arkansas. In addition, a limited number of highly qualified, nonresident applicants are admitted under the school's special admission policy. The school has an excellent faculty supported by modern equipment. The Veterinary Medicine Building, located on the west side of the campus near the Mississippi River, was dedicated in October 1978. It houses three academic departments plus the Veterinary Medicine Library, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics, and the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. The facilities at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics are used as laboratories where students are introduced to clinical cases and animal disease problems, as well as to methods and techniques used in their solution. The clinical case load at the hospital, in-field services, and herd health programs offer ample opportunities for the education of the complete veterinarian. The school library, located in the Veterinary Medicine Building, provides a resource sufficient to support programs in instruction, research, and service. Full accreditation was granted in 1977 and reaffirmed in 1984, 1991, 1998, and 2005. In 2008, the AVMA COE revised the status to limited accreditation pending the expansion of large animal infectious disease isolation facilities and the development of additional objective criteria to document the excellence of graduates of the school. In April 2008, the Louisiana State Legislature approved funding for a Large Animal Isolation Unit, which is an important step toward reestablishing full accreditation. Also, the School has expanded and improved its outcomes assessment portfolio, and in 2009, the AVMA COE noted the School's improvements in the area of outcomes assessments and commended the School for obtaining funding for the Large Animal Isolation Unit, though the School remains on limited accreditation until the isolation unit construction is complete. The next evaluation by the AVMA COE will take place in 2012. The limited accreditation status has no impact on the graduation status of LSU SVM students' progress, their status upon graduation, or their ability to become licensed after graduation.