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The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences provides graduate professional training to interns and residents through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Recruitment and selection for this program are through the Veterinary Intern and Resident Matching Program (VIRMP). 


Residencies provide 2 - 4 years advanced clinical training with board certified faculty members, teaching experience, research opportunities, preparation for specialty board certification and offer concurrent graduate coursework for advanced degree (MS or Ph.D.).  Residency programs are available in Cardiology, Small Animal Medicine, Companion Animal Surgery, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Equine Medicine, Equine Practice, Equine Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Comparative Ophthalmology, Theriogenology and Zoological Medicine.  



The LSU SVM also offers residencies in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology through the Department of Pathobiological Sciences.




Frequently Asked Questions



What are the prerequisites for a residency?


Candidates must possess a DVM or equivalent degree prior to their start date. Some residencies may have additional requirements, see specific program descriptions above for more details. Employment is contingent on successful background check.



Do you accept foreign applicants for residencies?


LSU SVM welcomes all applicants regardless of visa status to apply for our residency programs.  LSU will work with a foreign candidate to assemble paperwork required for the candidate's visa, however the candidate is responsible for paying any fees associated with their visa and maintaining a valid visa status.



Do you accept foreign graduates that meet your visa requirements?


LSU SVM accepts foreign graduates of both AVMA listed and AVMA accredited veterinary schools as long as the visa requirements mentioned above are met (no PAVE or ECFVG training required).



Do residents receive any benefits?

Louisiana State University classifies residents as University employees.  As such, they (and their eligible dependents) qualify for the Louisiana State University Baton Rouge health insurance and retirement plans. The School of Veterinary Medicine also provides workers compensation and malpractice insurance coverage. Salary is payable in monthly increments on the last working business day of each month.  Retirement contributions are withheld from each paycheck. No social security tax is withheld. Federal and state income tax is withheld. The University offers accrual of annual leave following either the University accrual rate (14 hours per month with a maximum accumulation of 176 hours) or the Civil Service Schedule rate (8 hours per month with no maximum accumulation). Sick leave time accrual is 8 hours per month.


May I schedule a visit to LSU SVM?

Tour the LSU SVM. If you are interested in applying to a particular residency and would like to schedule a visit to that service, please contact with the residency you are interested in and you will be put in contact with the Program Director.




After Match Day



I matched with LSU SVM! Now what?

Congratulations! You will be receiving email correspondence from the VCS House Officer HR Contact in regards to your upcoming program. If your email address on your VIRMP application packet has changed, please email to provide updated information.




 To view current House Officers (VCS Interns, Fellows & Residents) check out our House Officer Composite