Graduate Certificate

Certificate of Veterinary Education

The Certificate of Veterinary Education (CVEd) program gives those individuals who serve as faculty in veterinary education a foundation in educational theories and practices. This program is conducted jointly with the MVEd program, with participants enrolled in several MVEd courses.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Policies will follow existing LMU policies for undergraduate and/or master's degree programs, with any differences for this degree program noted in this catalog. Each applicant is evaluated holistically by considering each required element of the application package.

CVEd Required Application Materials:

  • Complete the PostbacCAS Application
    • Official Transcripts for all institutions attended
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • One (1) personal essay in response to the following prompt:
      • Explain your motivation for obtaining a Certificate of Veterinary Education, your current position and how you interact with students, and how/why this certificate will help you in your career goals.
    • Application fee (PostbacCAS fee + LMU Application fee)
  • Full CV
  • Proof of DVM or four-year baccalaureate degree in veterinary-related field with credentials, OR two-year degree, credentials, and proof of a minimum of five (5) years experience in an accredited veterinary education setting

When reviewing application files, the committee looks at numerous applicant criteria including undergraduate/graduate coursework, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and any other pertinent materials that may be included with the file. Upon acceptance into the graduate program, applicants will receive an official packet of materials including an acceptance letter and any other items that may be deemed necessary. Deadlines regarding program deposits, residential life, immunization records, etc. will be included in the acceptance packet.

Applicants with Foreign Coursework

Applicants to the CVEd program who have completed coursework at an institution external to the United States must complete the standard application procedure outlined above. All data included in the application (essays, demographic information, reference letters, CVs, etc.) must be written in English.

Any transcripts from institutions located outside of the United States must be evaluated by either the World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silney & Associates, Inc. Transcripts and evaluations should be submitted as normal through PostbacCAS.

If English is not the applicant's native language, or if an applicant attended an institution located outside of the United States and did not complete six (6) hours of 100+ English courses*, the applicant must submit one of the following test scores via an official report sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to PostbacCAS.

  • iBT (Internet-based TOEFL): minimum score of 61.
  • CBT (Computer-based TOEFL): minimum score of 173.
  • PBT (Paper-based TOEFL): minimum score of 500.

TOEFL scores older than 2 years will not be accepted.

*Applicants who earned a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an American or English-speaking institution are not required to take the TOEFL.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and are determined by LMU main campus. For information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Student Financial Services webpage here. The CVEd program is billed per credit hour at the same rate as online Master of Education programs.

Please note that some fees may not be specifically listed. Any questions about tuition rates, fees, or financial aid should be directed to the Student Financial Services team.

Academic Progress, General Policies, and Standards

Graduate students are required to maintain a 3.0+ GPA in their program of study. Those who do not maintain a 3.0+ GPA will be placed on Academic Probation. The grading scale for LMU-CVM graduate courses are graded as follows:

A = 90 - 100 %
B = 80 - 89 %
C = 70 - 79 %
F = below 70 %

Enrollment and Course Loads

Full-time status of a CVEd student is 2-3 courses per semester. The CVEd program is not eligible for financial aid.

Graduate Council

The LMU-CVM Graduate Council is the policy-making and recommending body for the graduate programs provided by the LMU-CVM. It is composed of the Program Directors of each graduate program and the Director of Graduate Programs for LMU-CVM. The Graduate Council meets regularly to review program functions, admissions status, student academic progress, proposed academic changes, and policy effectiveness. Programmatic recommendations flow from this council to the CVM Dean's Executive Committee of the Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine before being considered by the University Academic Council, University Cabinet, University President, or Board of Trustees.

The Graduate Council Serves as the primary Graduate Appeals Committee to resolve any academic matter that arises in the graduate programs. Academic decisions, including approval or requests to repeat a course, are based upon overall academic performance while in the graduate program.

Appeals

In the event that a student wishes to submit an appeal regarding an academic matter decided upon by the Graduate Council, a formal written appeal must be submitted within 5 business days of receiving notification of the Dean's decision. Appeals should be submitted via the Office of Academic Affairs for a hearing by the CVM Appeals Committee. The CVM Appeals Committee reviews decisions made by the Graduate Council to assure that policies and procedures have been followed in making academic or program changes and decisions.

The CVM Appeals Committee is expected to collect information from all parties to the matter in question and hold a hearing in which parties to the appeal will be invited and notified. A decision must be reached by no more than five (5) business days after the initial hearing. Decisions of this committee will be communicated to the party making the appeal as well as any individuals named in the appeal, along with the relevant Deans and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Final decisions will be communicated no more than five (5) business days after a hearing. A log of matters and copies of all communication related to an appeal will be maintained by the CVM Dean's Office.

Failure to appear for the appeals hearing will result in automatic Appeals Committee decision to uphold Dean’s decision.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

At the end of each semester in a graduate program, a student's coursework will be evaluated to determine whether they are maintaining the required GPA. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0+. Students who perform below this standard will be placed on academic probation until they succeed in meeting the required GPA or are dismissed from the program. If a student is not able to maintain the required GPA, the Graduate Council has the authority to recommend removal of a student from the program. If it is determined to be numerically impossible to reach the required cumulative GPA level, even with earning the highest grades possible in subsequent coursework, the student will be dismissed from the program. The CVM Dean will provide official notification in such cases. The minimum requirement for degree completion is 2.85 cumulative GPA.

A student placed on academic probation is required to meet with the CVM Academic Success Team (Dr. Copeland or Mr. Greene) twice in the semester following notification of probation. One meeting must be held at the beginning of the semester, another at midterms, to discuss academic progress. The student is able to meet with the Success team as many times as necessary or desired, but must meet at least twice. Failure to fulfill this requirement may result in dismissal from the program. The student remains on probation until the deficient coursework is recovered. The probationary semester GPA must be a 2.85+; if a student fails to meet that benchmark, they will remain on probation and be required to complete further academic counseling. If a student is unable to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 at the end of the second consecutive probationary semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Attendance

Graduate students in the VBMS degree program are required to follow the attendance policies of each of the courses in which they are registered. Graduate students in the MVCC, MVEd, and CVEd programs have asynchronous online courses and are expected to follow the online attendance and participation policies of the program in which they are registered.

Course Repetition Policy

Repeating a course will replace the previously earned grade in calculation of the cumulative GPA in order to remove the probationary status and/or determine graduation eligibility. The original grade continues to be reported on the transcript and should also be reported by the student to avoid the consequences of false reporting to any other educational institution. A course may not be repeated more than once. A student may only repeat two (2) courses in a degree program.

Medical Leave of Absence 

A student may petition to their Program Director for a medical leave of absence from a graduate program in the event of a medical condition that prevents normal participation in the required activities of the degree program for more than one week. For a student in the thesis option, the petition should be supported by the supervisory committee affirming that the student is at a stage in their program where they may return and continue the approved thesis research or will be allowed to propose another research topic on return to active status in the program. If the supervisory committee is not supportive of continuation after the medical leave of absence, the student will need to request a different supervisory committee on return to active student status. If a supervisory committee cannot be assembled for the student, the student will be advised to complete a different major in the program or discontinue the graduate program.

Maximum Timeframe for Program Completion

CVEd: Full-time students (2-3 courses per semester) can complete their studies in one (1) year after initial registration. Part-time students (1-2 courses per semester) must complete all requirements within two (2) years after initial registration.

A request for an extension of graduate program completion requires the approval of the Graduate Council and the LMU-CVM Dean.

The student bears the ultimate responsibility for ensuring completion of all graduation requirements.

Core Courses

The following courses are required for the Certificate of Veterinary Education Program.

For degree completion, students are also required to take at least one elective from the options listed in the next section.

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
12

Elective Courses

Students are required to take at least one of the following courses. Limit one elective per semester.

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
2-8
Total Credits
14-20