Certificate in Veterinary Medical and Biomedical Sciences

Certificate Details

The Certificate in Veterinary Medical and Biomedical Sciences program in the LSU Vet Med Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences is designed to further develop the scientific knowledge and problem-solving abilities of the student. In this non-research certificate program, students expand their knowledge of the physiological sciences that comprise the core curriculum. Related sciences studied in advanced elective courses complete the program.

Who is this certificate for?

This certificate program is for students who want to enhance their competitiveness for admission into veterinary medicine programs, graduate and other medical and professional degree programs, or for career opportunities in biomedical, animal, or public health fields.

What will students learn?

The certificate program study plan involves coursework in Veterinary Physiology, Microscopic Anatomy (histology), and Cell Biology that are the department’s core and electives in Basic and Applied Anatomy, Histology and Developmental Anatomy, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Cell and Molecular Biology. Full-time certificate program students should complete their study plan within two semesters with an accumulation of 16 to 18 credit hours.

The core courses are the same courses taken by our first-year veterinary students, so successful completion can ease the first-year course load if the student is subsequently admitted into the professional program or enters other academic programs. Depending on the institution and program, these graduate-level courses may also be transferrable toward the requirements of an advanced degree program such as an MS or Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

Admission into our certificate program requires completion of a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution, a grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate work and graduate work already completed, and an acceptable GRE score.

How to Apply

Applicants will be evaluated by the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Department Advisory Committee. 

Apply to the Certificate Program

Tuition and Fees

Graduate tuition costs for the certificate program and its associated fees are located on the LSU Budget and Planning page under Tuition and Fees >Graduate, or can be determined at the Graduate School's Cost Calculator page. Students usually take 8 hours one semester and 9 during the other semester.


Brooke Dubansky, PhD

Graduate Certificate Advisor and Professor

Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences

(225) 578-9202


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