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2 School of Veterinary Medicine About the Cover “A Mother’s Touch,” an oil on masonite by Christopher Woodall of Concord, Virginia, was one of the 75 accepted entries in the 2016 International Exhibition on Animals in Art at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
2016–2017 Bulletin 1 School of Veterinary Medicine Bulletin 2016-2017 Issue • August 2016 The LSU catalog and bulletin series (ISSN 0744-4613, 359-070) is published by Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College four times a year: once in April, once in June, once in July, and once in August. Periodicals postage paid at Baton Rouge 70803. Copies of this bulletin may be obtained from–and change of address, undeliverable copies, and other mail sent to–School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. Statement of Accreditation Louisiana State University and A&M College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Louisiana State University and A&M College. The AVMA Council on Education (COE) is the national accrediting agency for veterinary medical education in the United States. The AVMA COE assures that minimum standards in veterinary medical education are met by all AVMA-accredited colleges or schools of veterinary medicine, and that students enrolled in those colleges or schools receive an education that will prepare them for entry-level positions in the profession. The LSU program has met all essential requirements for an acceptable college or school as established by the AVMA COE. Full accreditation was granted in 1977 and reaffirmed in 1984, 1991, 1998, 2005, 2010 and 2013. Mission: The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is a dynamic community dedicated to saving and changing lives and finding cures through outstanding clinical and community service, ground-breaking scholarly research and educational excellence. Effective date of this bulletin • Fall 2016 LSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/ACCESS UNIVERSITY PRODUCED BY THE LSU SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE PRINTED BY LSU PRINTING SERVICES
2 School of Veterinary Medicine This School of Veterinary Medicine Bulletin Graduate Student Responsibility represents a flexible program of the current As a graduate student, you must assume educational plans, offerings, and requirements full responsibility for knowledge of rules that may be altered from time to time to carry out and regulations of the Graduate School and the purposes and objectives of the School and departmental requirements concerning your the University. The provisions of this publication individual degree program. Since requirements do not constitute an offer for a contract that and programs are subject to change, you should at may be accepted by you through registration all times be aware of current regulations. and enrollment in the University. The University reserves the right to change any provision, offering, or requirement at any time within For More Information the student’s period of study at the University. If you would like more information about LSU further reserves the right to require you to veterinary programs and activities, please withdraw from the University for cause at any time. write or call the School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU assures equal opportunity for all qualified 70803; 225-578-9900, or contact specific offices persons without regard to race, creed, color, directly. Several offices are listed below for your religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national convenience: origin, physical or mental disability, marital status, or veteran’s status in the admission to, Veterinary Teaching Hospital participation in, and treatment or employment in the programs and activities the University Large Animals • 225-578-9500 operates. Anyone having questions or complaints regarding equal opportunity at LSU should contact Small Animals • 225-578-9600 the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, 304 Thomas Boyd Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Office of Admissions, School of Veterinary 70803; 225-578-8200. Persons believing they have Medicine • 225-578-9537 been discriminated against contrary to federal law are entitled to make an inquiry or file a complaint E-mail: email@example.com with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 701 Loyola Ave., Suite 600, New Office of the Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine • Orleans, Louisiana 70113; or the U.S. Department 225-578-9900 of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 1200 Main Tower Building, Dallas, Texas 75202. http://www.lsu.edu/vetmed
2016–2017 Bulletin 3 Contents Veterinary School Calendar 2016-2017.............4 Fees & Financial Aid...........................................26 Graduate Calendar 2016-2017.................................5 Application Fee........................................................... 26 The University................................................................8 Professional Fees........................................................ 26 University Mission.........................................................9 Graduation Fees......................................................... 26 Other Fees.................................................................... 26 The School of Veterinary Medicine..................10 Fees - Veterinary Medicine Students................... 27 History............................................................................ 10 Fees - Graduate Students........................................ 28 Degrees......................................................................... 10 Required Fees.............................................................. 29 Departments............................................................... 10 Payment of Fees......................................................... 31 Veterinary Medicine Library................................... 11 Refund of Fees............................................................ 31 Veterinary Teaching Hospital................................. 11 Veterans’ Benefits....................................................... 32 Student and Faculty Code of Ethics.................... 11 Financial Aid................................................................ 32 The Professional Program.................................14 Scholarships Offered by the SVM......................... 35 Admission Requirements........................................ 14 Student Services................................................38 Residence Classification.......................................... 14 University Housing.................................................... 38 Minimum Prerequisites for Admission............... 15 Student Health Center............................................. 38 Admission Procedures............................................. 17 Student Accident and Sickness Scholastic Regulations............................................. 18 Insurance Plan............................................................. 38 Pre-Exposure Rabies Vaccination......................... 20 Postal Service.............................................................. 38 Professionalism........................................................... 20 University Recreation............................................... 39 Academic Dishonesty............................................... 20 Licensure Requirements.......................................... 21 Courses of Instruction.......................................40 Professional Curriculum (List)................................ 22 Course Numbering System.................................... 40 Professional Courses................................................. 41 The Advanced Studies Program.......................23 Graduate Academic Programs.............................. 23 Graduate Courses..............................................46 Areas of Specialization............................................. 23 Faculty................................................................52 Admission..................................................................... 24 Financial Assistance.................................................. 24 Graduate Professional Studies.............................. 25
4 School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School Calendar 2016-2017 All dates are subject to change. Fall Semester • 2016 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday August 17 Block 9, Phase II begins 9 a.m. 8 Block 4, Phase II begins 9 a.m. 25 Dean’s Grand Rounds 12-17 First Year Orientation 28 Open House 15 Semester begins February 15 Classes begin, Years II and III 3 Year III Phase 1 ends; Phase 2 Orientation 17 Family Orientation and Coating Ceremony 3 Year III Coating Ceremony 18 Classes begin, Year I 13 Phase 2 begins, Year III; Block 10 September 22 Dean’s Grand Rounds 5 Labor Day Holiday 27-28 Mardi Gras Holidays, Years I and II 6 Classes resume, Years I, II and III 28 Mardi Gras Holiday for Faculty and Staff 6 Block 5, Phase II begins 9 a.m. March 28 Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day TBD Great Rover Road Run October 13 Block 11, Phase II begins 9 a.m. 3 Block 6, Phase II begins 9 a.m. 16-18 SAVMA Symposium, Iowa State University 6-7 Fall Holiday, Years I-III 29 Dean’s Grand Rounds 26 Dean’s Grand Rounds April 31 Block 7, Phase II begins 9 a.m. 10 Block 12, Phase II begins 9 a.m. November 10-15 Spring Break begins, Years I and II 14 Fall NAVLE Window begins 10-22 Spring NAVLE Window 24-25 Thanksgiving Holiday 14 Good Friday Holiday 28 Problem-based Learning begins, Year II 28 Awards & Honors Banquet 30 Dean’s Grand Rounds May December 5 Semester ends 5 Block 8, Phase II begins 9 a.m. 8 SVM Commencement 9 Problem-Based Learning ends, Year II 8 Block 1, Phase II begins 9 a.m. 9 SVM semester ends 10 Fall NAVLE window ends Summer Term • 2017 19 Christmas and New Year’s Holidays begin June 6 Block 2, Phase II begins 9 a.m. Spring Semester • 2017 July January 4 Independence Day Holiday 2 Christmas and New Year’s Holidays end 11 Block 3, Phase II begins 9 a.m. 3 Semester begins, Years I, II and III 3-17 Problem-based Learning, Year I
2016–2017 Bulletin 5 Graduate Calendar 2016-2017 All dates are subject to change. Fall Semester • 2016 Winter session • 2017 August December 11-12 International Student Orientation 12 Classes begin, 7:30 a.m. 17 New Graduate Student Orientation 12 Final date for dropping courses without receiving a grade of “W” 22 Classes begin, 7:30 a.m. 13 Final date for adding courses for credit and 24 Final date for submitting to Graduate making section changes School applications for master’s and doctoral degrees to be awarded at fall 20 Final date for resigning from the University commencement and/or dropping courses 24 Final date for “degree only” registration 23 Winter holiday begins, 7:30 a.m. 30 Final date for dropping courses without January receiving a grade of “W” 3 Classes resume, 7:30 a.m. 31 Final date for adding courses for credit and 3 Classes end, 10 p.m. making section changes 4 Final examinations September 6 Final grades due, 9:00 a.m. 5 Labor Day holiday 6 Classes resume, 7:30 a.m. Spring Semester • 2017 January October 4 International Student Orientation 6-7 Fall holiday begins, 7:30 a.m. 5-6, 9 Freshman & Transfer Orientation 10 Classes resume, 7:30 a.m. 10 Final date for submitting to the Graduate School General Examination results for 10-15 Midsemester exams the doctorate to be awarded at spring 23 Course scheduling for spring semester, commencement spring intersession, and summer term begins, 11 Classes begin, 7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 13 Final date for submitting (or updating) to fhe Graduate School “Applications for Degree” to November be awarded at spring commencement, 4:30 4 Final date for resigning from the University p.m. deadline and/or dropping courses 16 Martin Luther King Day holiday 4 Final date to request rescheduling a final examination when three examinations are 17 Final date for “degree only” registration scheduled in 24 hours 20 Final date for dropping courses without 13 Final date for submitting to the Graduate receiving a grade of “W” School committee examination reports and 23 Final date for adding courses for credit and approved theses and dissertations making section changes 23 Thanksgiving holiday begins, 12:30 p.m. 25 Final date for submitting to the Graduate 28 Classes resume, 7:30 a.m. School “Requests for Final Exams” (comprehensive exam, thesis/dissertation defense) for degrees to be awarded at spring December commencement 3 Classes end, 10 p.m. 5-10 Final examinations 16 Commencement
6 School of Veterinary Medicine February 15 Final date for dropping courses without 27-28 Mardi Gras holiday begins receiving a grade of “W” 16 Final date for adding courses for credit and March making section changes 1 Classes resume, 12:30 p.m. 23 Final date for resigning from the University 6-11 Midsemester exams and/or dropping courses 14 Midsemester grades due, 9:00 a.m. 26 Classes end 24 Final date for resigning from the University 29 Final examinations and/or dropping courses 31 Final grades due, 9:00 a.m. 24 Final date to request rescheduling a final examination when three examinations are scheduled in 24 hours Summer Term • 2017 24 Final date for resigning from the University Session A 26 Course scheduling for Summer Intersession, May fall semester, and Winter session begins, 5:00 26 International Student Orientation p.m. 30 Freshman and Transfer Orientation begins April 9 Spring Break begins June 1 Freshman and Transfer Orientation ends 17 Classes resume, 7:30 a.m. 1 Final date for “Degree Only” registration (all 10 Final date for submitting to the Graduate degree requirements, including document School General Examination Results for submission to the Graduate School must be the doctorate to be awarded at summer met), 4:30 p.m. deadline commencement 5 Classes begin, 7:30 a.m. 10 Final date for submitting to the Graduate School committee examination reports and 7 Final date for dropping courses without approved theses and dissertations (4:30 p.m. receiving a grade of “W”, 4:30 p.m. deadline deadline) 8 Final date for adding courses for credit and 26 Concentrated study period begins. No making section changes, 4:30 p.m. deadline meetings, social activities, athletic events, 8 F inal date to petition deans’ offices to or other extracurricular activities requiring invoke the Grade Exclusion Policy, 4:30 p.m. student participation will be scheduled; no deadline major examinations will be given in academic courses other than labs 8 F inal date for “Degree Only” registration (all degree requirements, including document 29 Classes end submission and approval by the Graduate 30 Concentrated Study Period ends School must be met), 4:30 p.m. deadline 9 F inal date for submitting to the Graduate May School “Requests for Final Exams” 1-6 Final exams (comprehensive exam, theses/disertation degense) for degrees to be awarded at 9 Final grades (degree candidates) due, 9:00 summer commencement, 4:30 p.m. deadlin a.m. 25-28 Mid-term examination period 10 Final grades (non-degree candidates) due, 9:00 a.m. July 11-12 Commencement will be held over a 2-day 3 Mid-term grades due, 9:00 a.m. period 4 Independence Day holiday Spring Intersession • 2017 5 Classes resume, 7:30 a.m. 6 Mid-term grades due, 9:00 a.m. May 15 Classes begin, 7:30 a.m. 10 Final date for submitting to the Graduate School committee examination reports and approved theses and dissertations, 4:30 p.m. deadline
2016–2017 Bulletin 7 11 Final date for resigning from the University Summer Intersession • 2017 and/or dropping courses August 24 Classes end 7 Classes begin, 7:30 a.m. 25 Concentrated study day 7 F inal date for droppig courses without 26-27 Final examination period receiving a grade of “W”, 4:30 p.m. deadline 8 Final date for adding courses for credit and August making section changes, 4:30 p.m. deadline 1 Final grades (degree candidates) due, 9:00 8 Final date to petition deans’ office to a.m. invoke the Grade Exclusion Policy, 4:30 p.m. 2 Final grades (non-degree candidates) due, deadline 9:00 a.m. 10-11 International Student Orientation 4 Commencement, 9:00 a.m. 11 Final date for submitting to the Graduate School General Examination Results for the doctorate to be awarded at fall Session B commencement, 4:30p.m., deadline (minimum period of three months is required May between completion of the General Exam 26 International Student Orientation and completion of the Final Defense) 30 Freshman and Transfer Orientation begins 14-17 Freshman and Transfer Orientation 15 Final date for resigning from the University or June dropping courses, 4:30 p.m. deadline 1 Freshman and Transfer Orientation ends 16 New Graduate Student Orientation 1 Final date for “Degree Only” registration (all 18 Classes end, 10 p.m. degree requirements, including document submission to the Graduate School must be 19 Final examinations met), 4:30 p.m. deadline 23 Final grades due, 9:00 a.m. deadline 5 Classes begin, 7:30 a.m. 7 Final date for dropping courses without receiving a grade of “W”, 4:30 p.m. deadline 8 inal date for adding courses for credit and making section changes, 4:30 p.m. deadline 8 Final date to petition deans’ office to invoke the Grade Exclusion Policy, 4:30 p.m. deadline 25-28 Mid-term examination period 27 Final date for resigning from the University and/or dropping courses July 4 Independence Day holiday 5 Classes resume, 7:30 a.m. 7 Classes end 8 Final exams 12 Final grades (degree candidates) due, 9:00 a.m. August 7 Final date for droppig courses without receiving a grade of “W”, 4:30 p.m. deadline All dates are subject to change.
8 School of Veterinary Medicine The University LSU today holds a prominent position in American accredited post-secondary educational institutions higher education and is committed to meeting the founded in 1918; the National Association of State challenge of pursuing intellectual development for Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, founded in its students, expanding the bounds of knowledge 1962 to represent the major public universities through research, and creating economic and land grant institutions; and the American opportunities for Louisiana. LSU is in a state of Association of State Colleges and Universities, dynamic transformation–changing and evolving a select group of leading public institutions of to meet the needs of its students, faculty, and higher education. the people of Louisiana. LSU 2010, the national flagship agenda, brings into focus the University’s LSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges commitment to excellence at every level. The of the Southern Association of Colleges and goal of this agenda is to have LSU reach the upper Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, tier of national prominence by the year 2010, the and professional degrees. University’s 150th anniversary. The LSU System, composed of nine institutions LSU, one of only 21 universities nationwide on 10 campuses in five cities, as well as 10 public designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and hospitals in 10 cities, was established by an act space-grant institution, also holds the Carnegie of the Louisiana legislature on February 6, 1965. Foundation’s Doctoral/Research–Extensive Other components of the System are the LSU designation. LSU’s instructional programs include Agricultural Center (headquartered in Baton 197 undergraduate and graduate/professional Rouge); the Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge; the degrees. LSU Medical Center (with two campuses in New Orleans and one in Shreveport and including the The University attracts about 15 percent of the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Medicine, state’s total enrollment in higher education, Dentistry, and Nursing, and Graduate School); the and LSU students come from many ethnic and University of New Orleans and LSU in Shreveport, religious backgrounds. The student body consists both four-year institutions; LSU at Alexandria and of more than 30,500 students from 50 states and LSU at Eunice, both two-year institutions; and the approximately 120 foreign countries. Although the Charity Hospital System. average age of undergraduates is 21, many older students also pursue degrees at LSU. The student The governing body of the LSU System is the body is 52 percent women and 48 percent men. Board of Supervisors, composed of 16 members. Chief administrative officers of the University Since its first commencement in 1869, LSU System are the President, Executive Vice President, has awarded more than 194,000 degrees. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President The University produces about 26 percent of for Human Resources & Risk Management, Louisiana’s bachelor’s graduates, approximately 23 and Vice President for Property and Facilities percent of the master’s graduates, and about 55 Administration. percent of the doctoral graduates. In 2005-06, LSU awarded 5,799 degrees. The LSU Agricultural Center, including the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and With more than 170,000 alumni, LSU ranks in the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service and the top 10 percent in the nation in number International Programs, has more than 200 faculty of graduates. Its alumni have distinguished members who hold joint appointments with LSU. themselves in politics, agriculture, business, The Experiment Station has research programs in education, engineering, science, the arts, sports, Baton Rouge and at branch stations throughout and entertainment. Louisiana. The Extension Service disseminates results of research throughout the state through The University is a member of the American specialists, county agents, and home economists Council on Education, an organization of in every parish.
2016–2017 Bulletin 9 The Paul M. Hebert Law Center, originally Mission established in 1906, became an autonomous unit of the LSU System in 1977. In 1979, it was renamed As the flagship institution of the state, the in honor of Paul M. Hebert, who served as dean vision of Louisiana State University is to be a from 1937 to 1977. leading doctoral research–extensive university, challenging undergraduate and graduate students All references in this catalog to “Louisiana State to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and University,” “LSU,” or “the University,” are to personal development. Designated as a land-grant, be understood as meaning the institution in sea-grant, and space-grant institution, the mission Baton Rouge (whose full name is Louisiana State of Louisiana State University is the generation, University and Agricultural & Mechanical College). preservation, dissemination, and application of Any reference to the LSU System or to any other knowledge and cultivation of the arts. institution(s) within the System will be clearly indicated. Louisiana State University campus
10 School of Veterinary Medicine The School of Veterinary Medicine History Degrees The school admitted its first students to the The School of Veterinary Medicine offers the professional curriculum during the 1973-74 professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) academic year. The original entering class degree. Advanced degrees–the Master of Science consisted of 36 students, all residents of Louisiana. and Doctor of Philosophy–in veterinary medical The school participates in the Southern Regional sciences are offered through the Graduate School. Education Board’s (SREB) program for education in veterinary medicine. Training contracts provide a limited number of entering spaces for qualified Departments candidates from Arkansas. In addition, a limited number of highly qualified, nonresident applicants Comparative Biomedical Sciences are admitted under the school’s special admission The Department of Comparative Biomedical policy. Sciences is responsible for instruction in a major portion of the professional curriculum in Year I: The school has an excellent faculty supported namely, anatomy (cell/molecular, developmental, by modern equipment. The Veterinary Medicine microscopic, and gross) and physiology. Gross Building, located on the west side of the campus anatomy and histology each have laboratory near the Mississippi River, was dedicated sessions that correlate with lecture presentations. in October 1978. It houses three academic Other first year courses include biochemistry and departments, the Veterinary Medicine Library, the neuroscience. Pharmacology and toxicology are Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Louisiana presented as separate courses in Years II and III. Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. The facilities at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are Opportunities also exist for students in the used as laboratories providing students with professional curriculum to conduct research in the introductions to clinical cases and animal disease laboratories of various faculty under the auspices problems, as well as to methods and techniques of an NIH T32 training grant, Merck-Merial or used in their solution. The clinical case load at individual research grants of the faculty. the hospital, in-field services, and herd health programs offer ample opportunities for education The department is actively engaged in biomedical of the complete veterinarian. research with an underlying theme of molecular medicine. Numerous extramurally funded faculty The school library, located in the Veterinary participate in an active graduate training program. Medicine Building, provides a resource sufficient Advanced study leads to the MS or PhD degree to support programs in instruction, research, and in veterinary medical sciences. Central research service. facilities include a microscopy center, analytical chemistry laboratory with proteomics capabilities, The AVMA Council on Education (COE) is the an inhalation research facility, and an aquatic national accrediting agency for veterinary medical research facility with a zebrafish colony. Research is education in the United States. The AVMA COE ultimately oriented toward improving animal and assures that minimum standards in veterinary human health and in expanding basic biomedical medical education are met by all AVMA-accredited knowledge. colleges or schools of veterinary medicine, and that students enrolled in those colleges or schools receive an education that will prepare them for Pathobiological Sciences entry-level positions in the profession. The LSU The Department of Pathobiological Sciences program has met all essential requirements for an provides teaching and training in the emphasis acceptable college or school as established by the areas of bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, AVMA COE. Full accreditation was granted in 1977 parasitology, pathology, and virology. and reaffirmed in 1984, 1991, 1998, 2005 and 2010 Departmental faculty are involved in all levels of and 2013. the professional curriculum, providing lecture and laboratory experiences in bacteriology,
2016–2017 Bulletin 11 mycology, immunology, epidemiology, pathology, School of Veterinary parasitology, community health, and virology, as well as instruction in the practical application of Medicine Library necropsy techniques, all using cases received from The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Library the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Louisiana is the major health science library in the greater Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Baton Rouge area. The library is a member of the Louisiana Library Network and the South Central Advanced studies in the department lead to the Region of the National Network of Libraries of MS and PhD degrees in veterinary medical sciences Medicine. The Library is a significant partner in the for both DVM and non-DVM graduate students. educational and research programs of the School Graduate courses are offered in all disciplines of Veterinary Medicine. Centrally located on the associated with the department. Basic and applied first floor of the School of Veterinary Medicine, the research is conducted in the areas of molecular Library offers both print and electronic resources pathogenesis, disease processes, infectious and dealing with all aspects of veterinary medicine. parasitic diseases, and host response to disease. Patrons have access to not only those resources unique to the SVM Library, but also the resources The departmental faculty provides a variety of provided by the main campus libraries. services in support of the clinical and instructional programs of the school, including clinical The Library’s collection includes topics of human pathology, cytology, postmortem examination, medicine, comparative medicine, public health, diagnostic parasitology, and aquatic animal the animal sciences, and other related areas. disease diagnosis. Central research services include Provided each fall is an orientation to incoming a molecular biology center, Gene Lab, a flow students. This orientation is available to anyone cytometry lab, and a histology lab. upon request throughout the year. Reference and interlibrary loan services are also available. Veterinary Clinical Sciences The library is consistently moving forward in its partnership with the veterinary medicine The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences community and looks forward to working with has responsibility for the instructional program you. in the diagnosis, treatment, and control of animal diseases. Departmental faculty contributes a major share of the instruction in Years II, III, and IV and participates in problem-based learning in Years Veterinary Teaching I, II, and III. Classroom lectures and discussions of Hospital the diagnosis and medical or surgical treatment LSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers of diseases are augmented by laboratory training outstanding clinical service with over 40 board- in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. certified specialists on staff. Our veterinary Those members of the faculty with concurrent hospital also provides a clinical education for appointments to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital veterinary students, interns and residents; over provide in-depth clinical training to students 80% of the veterinarians in Louisiana were trained registered in Phase II courses. in our hospital. The VTH has a large case load The modern veterinary teaching hospital, (approximately 100 cases/ day) and is open 24 complete with sophisticated diagnostic hours/day, 365 days/year. equipment, accepts animal patients from Louisiana and surrounding states for diagnosis and treatment. This facility enables the faculty to offer Student and Faculty advanced training to interns and residents and Code of Ethics continuing education to veterinary professionals. I. Preamble Advanced studies in the department lead to The students and faculty of the LSU School of the MS and PhD degrees in veterinary medical Veterinary Medicine consider the cultivation of sciences. Research is conducted by departmental ethical standards by its members to be of primary faculty on projects related to the clinical sciences importance in upholding the honor and integrity in collaboration with other departments of the of the veterinary profession. The school expects school and University. its members to maintain standards of personal discipline that are in harmony with its educational
12 School of Veterinary Medicine goals; to observe national, state, and local laws III. Responsibility as well as school and University regulations; and The establishment of a relationship based on to respect the rights, privileges, and property trust is the responsibility of every member of the of others. An atmosphere more conducive to community. The members should, therefore, take education will be promoted by a mutual respect positive steps to maintain this atmosphere and to and trust among the members of the community correct any situation that might damage it. of students and faculty. The status of such a relationship between students and faculty will depend on the behavior of these individuals, and IV. Institution and Amendment the responsibility of defining acceptable behavior This document will become an official statement will fall upon the student/faculty community as a of the community of students and faculty upon whole. vote of approval by two thirds of the members of the student body and by approval of the faculty II. Articles body. This document, or any part thereof, may be repealed or amended at any time, providing the The members of the community of students and proposal is presented orally to the members of faculty endorse the following guidelines for their the community and is posted for one month prior mutual interactions. It must be emphasized that to vote. A vote of approval by two thirds of the these guidelines are of a general nature, provided student body and approval by the faculty body is as a basis for the intended mood of the document, necessary for these changes. and are not to be interpreted as a tool for airing petty grievances. V. Promulgation A. The members are expected not to engage The Executive Board of the Student Chapter, in any conduct that tends to provide unfair American Veterinary Medical Association, will advantage for students in any academic provide all new members of the community with a matter. Examples of this provision include copy of this document. In addition, the same board giving or receiving unauthorized aid during shall explain the provisions of this document each an examination and harboring study school year during the orientation of the incoming materials needed by an individual, class, or freshman class. the student body as a whole. B. The members are expected not to extend to VI. Addendum individual students privileged information Within the School of Veterinary Medicine, the concerning examinations that gives unfair pursuit of allegations through the following advantages to those students. outlined channels is strictly voluntary. The proper channels, open to any member of the community C. The members are expected not to seek who is aware of activity that might damage this privileged information concerning trust, are the following: examinations in addition to that information that is disseminated to the entire class. 1. privately consult the individual in question; D. The members are expected not to participate 2. consult the mentor of the class, if this be in any conduct that intentionally obstructs or appropriate; and/or disrupts a member’s education, teaching, or research, and they are expected not to cause 3. consult the respective year coordinator, who intentional destruction or deprivation of the may bring the matter to the faculty standing property of a member or the school. committee. E. The members are expected not to slander or As a point of information to all members of the anonymously accuse each other. community, the above procedural channels are summarized from the current editions of F. The members are expected not to accuse, the following documents, as they apply to the publicly or privately, any member through School of Veterinary Medicine: Faculty Handbook; any channel other than one in which such Administrative Organization and Faculty person may have the opportunity to defend Committees, School of Veterinary Medicine; Code himself or herself. of Student Conduct; and Bill of Student Rights. (Approved by the student body and faculty, April 1976.)
2016–2017 Bulletin 13 Mary Leissinger, DVM (LSU SVM 2010), MS (2014), pathology resident, uses the LSU SVM’s transmission electron microscope for a research project.
14 School of Veterinary Medicine The Professional Program Admission Requirements of credit for CLEP subject examinations may be considered in those subjects recommended by If you are contemplating a career in veterinary various departments of the University upon receipt medicine, you should acquire a sound foundation of test scores indicating the student meets the in the biological and physical sciences and a minimum acceptable scores required by those general knowledge of the arts and humanities departments. in both high school and college. In addition, you should be motivated by a respect for animals, a sincere desire to serve the public, a propensity for the biological and medical sciences, and a deep Residence Classification interest in promotion of the health of animal The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine determines and human populations. You must have a high eligibility for classification as a Louisiana resident aptitude for scientific study and must possess an based on LSU System regulations and evidence excellent moral and ethical character. provided on the application for admission and related documents. Regulations relate primarily to Candidates for the DVM degree must complete location of the home and place of employment. a minimum of six years of college education. Louisiana applicants must meet all residence This includes two or more years of pre-veterinary requirements, as stated in University regulations. education and four years of professional education. The pre-veterinary requirements may A resident student is defined as one who has be completed at LSU or at any other accredited abandoned all prior domiciles and lived in the college or university offering courses of the quality state of Louisiana continuously for at least one full and content of those prescribed in the LSU General year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day Catalog. of classes of the term for which classification as a resident is sought. The minimum requirement of 66 semester hours, including 20 hours of elective courses, may be Individuals living within this state for one year completed in two years. Successful completion of a must be able to prove there was intent to maintain pre-veterinary program does not ensure admission a residence in Louisiana. Residing in Louisiana to the school for professional training. Typically, solely for educational purposes without evidence there are more qualified applicants each year than of the intent to remain in Louisiana will not be there are spaces available to the entering class. sufficient for classification as a resident, regardless Instruction in the four-year program is available of the length of time within the state. only through the School of Veterinary Medicine at LSU. Scholastic achievement is measured by Factors considered in establishing residency, performance in the prescribed pre-professional although not necessarily conclusive, include: courses. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (“A” = 4.00) in these courses is required for • Financial independence from parents residing consideration for admission. A grade of less in another state or country; than “C” in a required course is unacceptable. Physical education activity courses may not be • Reliance on Louisiana resources for financial used as electives for meeting pre-professional support; requirements. Requirements are not waived in lieu of work experience. • Continuous presence in Louisiana during periods when not enrolled as a student; Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable, but is not used in the computation • Commitments indicating the intent to stay in of the grade-point average. Evaluation of the Louisiana permanently; applicant’s record in the pre-professional program is made in accordance with LSU procedures. Credit • Paying Louisiana income taxes as a resident is not granted for College Level Examination during the past tax year; and Program (CLEP) general examinations. Granting
2016–2017 Bulletin 15 • The absence of these indicators in other Affairs Office (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; states during any period for which domicile in Phone: 225-578-9538; Fax: 225-578-9546). Louisiana is asserted. • Biological Science, 12 sem. hrs. - Must include Special provisions have been made for adults at least 8 sem. hrs. (Two-semester course moving to Louisiana for employment purposes, sequence with laboratory) in general biology or military personnel stationed in Louisiana, and introductory zoology at a level appropriate for international students with immigrant visas. An premedical students. Must also include at least 4 international student on a student visa is classified sem. hrs. (One-semester course with laboratory) as a nonresident. Resident classification and in microbiology. LSU courses - Biology 1201, all fees are audited and adjusted, if necessary, 1202, 1208, 1209, and 2051. after each registration. Appropriate credits or charges are then made to the student’s account. • General Chemistry, 8 sem. hrs. - Must include For additional information concerning the laboratory and must be at a level for science or establishment of residency, contact the Office of engineering majors. LSU courses - Chemistry Undergraduate Admissions. 1201, 1202, 1212. Applicants from Arkansas must be certified as • Organic Chemistry, 3 sem. hrs. - Must cover having residence or citizenship established as aliphatic and aromatic compounds, with required by the contract state. Inquiries should emphasis on the biological aspects of organic be addressed to: Arkansas Department of Higher chemistry. LSU course - Chemistry 2060. Education, 114 E. Capitol Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201-3818; phone number - (501)371-2000. • Biochemistry, 3 sem. hrs. - Must include 3 sem. Residents of Arkansas should also contact their hrs. of basic concepts and an introduction to program coordinator as early as possible for the nature and physiological uses of natural information concerning admission requirements, substances. LSU course - Biochemistry 2083. applications, and residence. • Mathematics, 6 sem. hrs. - Must be at the college Applicants who do not meet either of the two algebra/trigonometry level or higher. LSU residency classifications above are considered out- courses - Mathematics 1021, 1022. If you qualify of-state residents. If accepted as an out-of-state for more advanced mathematics courses, you resident, an applicant cannot change this status may substitute Mathematics 1023 (5 sem. hrs.) and will be considered an out-of-state resident for for 1021 and 1022. the entire four-year program. • Physics, 6 sem. hrs. - Must be at a level for science majors and must include mechanics, Minimum Prerequisites heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and topics in modern physics. LSU courses - Physics for Admission 2001, 2002. As a pre-veterinary student, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with admission requirements • Communication Skills, 9 sem. hrs. – Must for the professional program at the LSU School include 6 sem. hrs. of English composition and of Veterinary Medicine. You should seek 3 sem. hrs. of public speaking or interpersonal knowledgeable pre-veterinary counselors and/or communication course. LSU courses – English advice when enrolled in pre-professional programs 1001, English 2000 and Communication Studies other than at LSU. 2010 or 2060 (1061 would also meet the Speech Communication requirement). A minimum of 66 total semester hours is required for consideration for admission into the Elective Courses, min. 20 sem. hrs. - In selecting the professional DVM program. This must include remaining required courses for admission to the the 46 semester credit hours of the courses listed professional program, you should consider the below. More specific details regarding course following: descriptions can be found at the School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions web site at www. • The objective of the DVM program is to offer a lsu.edu/vetmed/dvm_admissions. If there are any well-rounded curriculum in veterinary medical questions regarding equivalency of courses, please education enabling the graduate to select from contact the School of Veterinary Medicine Student a wide range of professional opportunities. The selection of elective courses in the pre-
16 School of Veterinary Medicine professional curriculum should reflect the Important Information interests and the objectives of the candidate. Potential applicants should plan their programs Regarding Coursework with the recognition that these elective courses • All 46 credit hours listed above must be provide the only formal opportunity in the completed by the end of the spring semester applicant’s college years to obtain a broad prior to desired matriculation (for example, if general education. applying for matriculation into the fall 2016 semester, all prerequisites must be successfully • If you have completed advanced preparatory completed by the end of the spring 2017 courses in high school you are, in all probability, semester). qualified to complete the prerequisites within four semesters. These students are encouraged • New knowledge, especially in the sciences, is to take higher level university courses when so accruing at a rapid rate and records of students permitted. Applicants who are inadequately who have completed their pre-professional prepared may find it advantageous to complete requirements several years prior to application the pre-veterinary requirements over a longer will be carefully scrutinized. period. • Students who are enrolled at accredited • Although the primary objective of the institutions other than LSU must determine applicant may be to complete the pre- that courses taken conform in content and veterinary requirements, those who have not quality to descriptions contained in the latest previously obtained a baccalaureate degree issue of the LSU General Catalog, which can be are encouraged to plan for alternative career accessed online (www.lsu.edu/catalogs). If there possibilities through registration in a degree- is a question as to the course equivalence of a granting program which has similar course course taken, please email admissions@vetmed. requirements. Several LSU curricula include all lsu.edu. Note that full transcript evaluations are of the minimum mandatory requirements. Many only performed once the application cycle has other curricula which do not specify all of the begun. requirements allow them as electives. • At least one course each in organic chemistry, Since not all applicants will gain admission to biology, and physics MUST be completed within the School of Veterinary Medicine on their first the last six years, and it is strongly advised that attempt, they should continue in degree programs ALL required science courses be completed while making themselves more competitive in within six calendar years immediately prior to subsequent years. Some students may elect to application (for possible Fall 2015 matriculation, complete a baccalaureate degree in order to all science courses should be completed no pursue graduate training during the first and further back than the Fall 2007 semester.) second summers of the professional program. • Prerequisites taken longer than 10 years ago LSU undergraduate students may want to contact will typically not be accepted. Written appeals the College of Agriculture to inquire about the 3+1 regarding this 10-year policy can be sent to the program. Through this program, students who Director of Admissions at svmadmissions@lsu. earn a seat in the School of Veterinary Medicine edu. Appeals for this policy are evaluated on following completion of the first three years of a case-by-case basis and are only granted for the Animal Science curriculum (102 hrs) may limited circumstances. receive the B.S. degree following the first year of the professional DVM curriculum. Contact the • Applicants may choose to re-take a course LSU Department of Animal Sciences for more to better master the subject at any point. If a information. course that is more than six years old is retaken, the most recent grade will be used, otherwise all grades and credit hours for the repeated course will be used when computing grade point averages. • Credit earned through advanced standing and advanced placement exams is acceptable
2016–2017 Bulletin 17 but is not used in the computation of the grade Admission Procedures point average. Evaluation of the applicant’s record in the pre-professional program is made Admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine is in accordance with LSU procedures. Credit is not granted only for the fall semester of each school granted for College Level Examination Program year and only on a full-time basis. A prescribed (CLEP) general examinations. Granting of credit number of student spaces is planned for each for CLEP subject examinations may be considered class, and the formal application material with in those subjects recommended by various all supporting credentials is required for each departments of the University upon receipt of applicant. Students admitted and enrolled in the test scores indicating the student meets the school must be capable of satisfactorily meeting minimum acceptable scores required by those all requirements of the curriculum in veterinary departments. medicine. Eligible candidates are chosen to be interviewed by members of the Faculty Committee • A Bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for on Admissions and Scholastic Standing and are acceptance into the DVM program, although carefully selected to ensure that they are properly applicants are strongly encouraged to follow an motivated, competent to undertake the rigorous undergraduate degree path in the event that courses of professional study, and capable of entrance into the DVM program is not granted. A meeting the demands of a professional career. Bachelor’s degree (or any advanced degree) will not be substituted for prerequisite coursework. The Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing is responsible for determining the application procedure and for selecting the entering class in the professional curriculum. All Graduate Record pre-professional requirements must be completed Examination (GRE) by the end of the spring semester before fall Applicants must take the General Graduate matriculation in the LSU School of Veterinary Record Examination (GRE) in the fall preceding Medicine. Please visit the Admissions Office’s web application or earlier (for example, if applying for site at www.lsu.edu/vetmed/dvm_admissions for matriculation into the fall 2017 semester, the GRE more details on the application process. must be received no later than October 1st, 2016). Students reapplying must submit a completely new Those students following a four-semester program application for each application period. Academic must complete this test soon after beginning the and non-academic qualifications are considered sophomore year. Appropriate preparation and in the selection process. Selection for admission is selection of a curriculum that contributes to an based on the sum of the objective and subjective acceptable score are strongly suggested. Applicants scores. The exact combination of each component who do not have GRE scores submitted by the final to the total score may vary slightly from year to year deadline will not be considered for admission. and is determined by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. The School of Veterinary Medicine requires all applicants to take the General Graduate Record • An objective score that comprises approximately Exam (subject-specific exams are not accepted). 65 percent of the final calculation is determined Both the raw scores and the percentile scores by the GPA in all required courses (approximately are used in evaluating applicants, with only the 29 percent), the GPA in the last 45-60 hours highest individual score being used. Scores are (approximately 18 percent), and the score on the only accepted via electronic transfer directly GRE (approximately 18 percent). from ETS, and applicants must have their scores resent for every application cycle. The School of • A subjective score comprises approximately Veterinary Medicine has its own school code for 35 percent of the final calculation and is the submissions of GRE scores. All GRE scores determined by a review of the applicant’s folder must be sent to the following codes when (approximately 15 percent), an interview (only for submitting your GRE scores: School Code - 6381; a select number of Louisiana, Arkansas and out- of-state applicants - approximately 10 percent), Department Code - 0617. For information about and a holistic assessment by the admissions registering for the GRE, contact the Educational committee. Testing Service at 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit their web site at www.gre.org. The objective evaluation is based on scholastic achievement and standardized test scores. Official
18 School of Veterinary Medicine transcripts of college course grades are examined be considered by the Faculty Committee on to determine scholastic achievement. The total Admissions and Scholastic Standing include objective score is derived from the grade point undergraduate experience, GRE score, advanced average on required courses, the grade-point academic work, work experience, or participation average on the most recent 45-60 semester in special educational programs, as well as those hours of course work, and the results of the GRE. special attributes possessed by the applicant New knowledge, especially in the sciences, is that add to the cultural, educational, and/or accruing at a rapid rate, so if you have completed geographical diversity of the entering class. our pre-professional requirements several years prior to application, your records will be carefully Please visit the School of Veterinary Medicine scrutinized. It is advised that all required science Admissions Office web site at www.vetmed. courses should be completed within six calendar lsu.edu/admissions for more information on years immediately prior to application. At least one admission requirements, residency classifications, course in organic chemistry, biology, and physics minimum prerequisites, admissions procedures, must be completed within the last six years. Only statistics, important dates and deadlines, and Animal Science, Physical Science and Biological much more. Science courses are included in the Required Course GPA. Social science, humanities, business, kinesiology, and any general education courses are Scholastic Regulations NOT calculated into the Required Course GPA, but are still calculated into the Last 45 Credit Hour GPA All students should be familiar with the following - except for kinesiology courses. rules governing academic probation and dismissal: The subjective evaluation of applicants is based on 1. You shall be placed on probation if your GPA non-academic qualifications considered relevant in all required courses (i.e., those courses required to the determination of the applicant’s prospective of all veterinary medical students) taken during the performance in the veterinary medical curriculum last semester in which you were enrolled is below and in the practice of veterinary medicine. 2.00 (“C” average); if you receive any grade of “D+” Motivation, maturity, attitude, interest, and other that has been remediated up from an “F” (Phase characteristics will be evaluated for all qualified II courses only: see “Policy Concerning Failing candidates, along with work experience, familiarity Grades and Remediation in Phase II,” below); if with animals, and reference information submitted any required course is pending retesting; or if in support of the application. These qualities are you receive any grade of “F” in an elective course evaluated by two separate committees. The first (see “Policy Concerning Failure and Remediation committee reviews the supporting documents of Elective Courses in Phase I of the VMED (autobiography, letters of recommendation, Curriculum,” below). transcripts, work experience, and familiarity with 2. You may not be allowed to progress to the animals). The second committee evaluates the next semester until you have received a passing individual through a personal interview. These grade for all required courses in the semester appraisals result in an average subjective score, being completed. which is added to the objective score to produce the total numerical evaluation of the candidate. 3. You shall not advance to the next year of the Through this process, the professional judgment professional curriculum with a cumulative GPA of several faculty members is included in arriving below 2.00. at a final decision of recommended students for the new class. Interviews are not granted to every 4. You shall not advance to Phase II of the Louisiana and Arkansas applicant, and only select professional curriculum until you have received a out-of-state applicants will be invited to interview. passing grade for all required Phase I courses. The final decision rests with the Dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. The Faculty 5. You shall not graduate from the professional Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing curriculum until you have received a passing grade makes their recommendations to the Dean, who for all required courses in Phase II. then finalizes the offers of admission. 6. You may be dismissed from the school. Under exceptional circumstances, a limited number of applicants not selected under the a. If you receive a grade of “F” in any required above criteria may be admitted. Factors to course in the curriculum
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