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. Accreditation was granted in 1977 and reaffirmed in 1984, 1991, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2013, and 2020. The next site visit is anticipated in 2026.

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The AVMA COE is the accrediting body for schools and colleges of veterinary medicine. They mandate that we have a means of students being able to make comments, suggestions, or complaints about the accreditation process to the AVMA COE in an anonymous manner. If you would like to make such comments you can do so by going to

Student Comments to COE 

Our Mission

We Teach the next generation of veterinarians and biomedical scientists to attain the highest levels of intellectual, technical and medical expertise, cultural competency, ethical standards, and personal development.

We Heal our animal patients and by so doing improve the economics and wellbeing of the people that rely on them.

We Discover new therapies, diagnostics, and mechanisms that lead to cures of animal and human diseases.

We Protect the health of the public by detecting, preventing, and treating animal diseases. 

Our Vision

The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine is a diverse and inclusive community that will become a top tier leader in Veterinary Medicine, Biomedicine, Agriculture,
and animal health and welfare through innovative teaching, cutting edge research, and exceptional service.

Our Values

The characteristics we believe are important in how we accomplish our mission include a willingness to collaborate, caring and empathy, collegiality, inclusiveness, perseverance,
integrity, dedication, intelligence, and accountability. 


The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination is the national exam required for licensure in all states and Canada.

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Licensure Information

To obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in a state in the United States one must first take the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). The NAVLE is offered twice a year and can be taken at earliest in November prior to graduation. To apply for the NAVLE one must apply to take the test online before August 1 of the year of testing and also apply through a State Board of Veterinary Medicine. In Louisiana the application must be done through the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine. Additional requirements for licensure in Louisiana include graduation from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine, completing an 8-week preceptorship, passing both the NAVLE and the Louisiana State Board Examination, having at least three letters of recommendation, and paying all associated fees. One cannot practice veterinary medicine until licensure is granted. One should inquire into the policies of other states in which one may intend to practice through the board of veterinary medicine in that state.