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  1. 1. GRADUATE PROGRAM HANDBOOK Veterinary Clinical Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine Louisiana State UniversityA Supplement to the Louisiana State University General Catalog Undergraduate/Graduate Intended for Use by VCS Graduate Students and Faculty Approved by VCS Graduate Faculty May 1998. Revised June 15, 2009.
  2. 2. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Graduate Program Guidelines - A Supplement to the LSU General Catalog Undergraduate/Graduate Contents1. GENERAL INFORMATION 41.1. Graduate programs available 41.2. Philosophy and objectives 41.3. Qualifications, minimum requirements and application procedures 42. THE GRADUATE PROGRAM 42.1. Application 4 2.1.1. Application package 52.2. Registration 5 2.2.1. Non-matriculating students 5 2.2.2. Auditing classes 52.3. Major professor 6 2.3.1. Selection of major professor 6 2.3.2. Role of major professor 62.4. Graduate Committee 6 2.4.1. Structure of Student’s Graduate Committee 6 2.4.2. Role of Student’s Graduate Committee 62.5. Departmental Graduate Faculty 62.6. Departmental Graduate Advisor 72.7. Academic Program 7 2.7.1. Program of study 7 2.7.2. Transfer of credits 72.8. Academic Standards 7 2.8.1. Grades for the graduate school 7 2.8.2. Grades requirement 82.9. Research program 8 2.9.1. Animal use 8 Animal use guidelines 8 2.9.2. Research funding 9 Internal funding grant submission protocol 9 External funding grant submission protocol 92.10. Department Resources 9 2.10.1. Media services 9 2.10.2. Office support 9 2.10.3. Assistantships 93. THE GRADUATE FACULTY 103.1. Graduate Faculty Listing 10 -2-
  3. 3. 4. MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM 114.1. Course and Credit Hour Requirements 114.2. Course load 114.3. Graduate Course Listing 114.4. Thesis 13 4.4.1. Thesis Preparation and Requirements 134.5. Final Examination and Thesis Defense 134.6. Publications 144.7. Duration of Course of Study 145. DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM 145.1. Course and Credit Hour Requirements 145.2. Course load 155.3. Graduate Course Listing 155.4. General Exam 155.5. Dissertation 155.6. Final Exam and Dissertation Defense 155.7. Publications 155.8. Time Limit 15 -3-
  4. 4. 1. GENERAL INFORMATION 1.1. Graduate programs availableThe School of Veterinary Medicine offers the Master of Science degree (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.) degrees in Veterinary Medical Sciences. Under this umbrella, the Department of VeterinaryClinical Sciences offers both the Master of Science (MS) degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)degrees. 1.2. Philosophy and objectivesAdvanced training in veterinary clinical sciences at the MS or PhD level is designed to prepare studentsfor advancement in academia and the private sector. The primary objective of study in this department isto practice and investigate clinical veterinary medicine for the understanding of etiology, pathogenesis,diagnosis, therapy and control of diseases and conditions. The advanced studies program of thisdepartment is designed to train individuals to function as independent scientists. The faculty of thisdepartment have competency in a wide range of clinical disciplines including surgery, internal medicine,oncology, radiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, theriogenology and anesthesiology. Close alliance ofthis department with other departments in the School of Veterinary Medicine provides latitude in thedesign of study programs to include Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology,Veterinary Pathology, Epidemiology and Community Health and Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacologyand Toxicology. 1.3. Qualifications, minimum requirements and application proceduresAcceptance of graduate students is the decision of the graduate faculty of the Department of VeterinaryClinical Sciences (VCS) and applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Academic qualifications ofthe applicant and the availability of funds, assignable facilities, and faculty are considered.To qualify academically, an applicant must have1. A Bachelor’s or D.V.M. degree from a recognized university2. GPA of at least 3.00 based on a 4.00 grading system or equivalent3. Combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of at least 1000 (this may vary at the discretion of the Departmental Graduate Faculty committee). GRE scores must be from within 5 years of application for admission. Any exceptions to this time frame are made at the request of the department and by approval of the Dean of the Grad School.4. TOEFL score of at least 550 (written), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (IBT) if English is not a first language and show satisfactory verbal communication skillsStudents with a GPA less than 3.00 or a GRE score less than 1000 may be considered and admitted onprobation if so recommended by the graduate faculty of the department. Students admitted on probationwill remain on probation until the completion of 9 hours of graduate level, graded courses with at least a3.00 average. Students on probation may not hold assistantships or fellowships. This does not apply tograduate students in a concurrent advanced clinical training program.2. THE GRADUATE PROGRAM 2.1. ApplicationProspective graduate students should contact the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences prior toapplying the Louisiana State University graduate school through their on-line process. Prospective -4-
  5. 5. graduate students that are also in an advanced clinical training program will be contacted re theirapplication to the Graduate School in late March to early April so they can submit their application priorto starting their program in July. 2.1.1. Application packageApplication information is available online or can be requested from the department or the Graduateschool. The following items must be submitted to The Graduate School, Louisiana State University, 114David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 in order to be officially enrolled in Graduate School.The following items need to be submitted to the Graduate School:1. Completed application for Admissions (use #2 pencil only & DO NOT FOLD)2. Application fee ($25 nonrefundable check or money order made out to LSU)3. Any late fee ($25 late fee for applications postmarked after May 1 for intersession; May 15 for Fall semester, October 15 for Spring semester and May 15 for summer term)4. Official transcripts from all previous college work3. Official scores on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test (not more than 5 years old, see 1.3 above)4. Official scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if international applicant from a country other than the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belize or certain Caribbean Islands 2.2. RegistrationGraduate students must schedule classes themselves using REGGIE, a telephone registration system. Theapproximate deadline dates for registration for each semester are as follows: Fall semester - March 29 -July 12; Spring semester - November 1 - December 1; Summer semester - March 29 - April 23. Ifstudents do not register by the deadline date, they will be assessed a late service charge of $75.00. Thestudent is responsible for this late fee of $75.00 and not the Department. Participants in an advancedclinical training program qualify for tuition fee exemption. As the effective dates of clinical programs areJuly 1 each year, it is imperative that Graduate Students meet with the VCS Graduate Advisor, theirmentor, and service chief to determine courses to be offered for the fall semester and to register for themwithin the first two weeks of the start of the advanced clinical training program.The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences course offerings are listed each semester in the LSUSchedule of Classes booklet and are distributed and posted within the Department to each graduatestudent. 2.2.1. Non-matriculating studentsParticipants in an advanced clinical training program that are not required to do a MS degree may enrollas non-degree students and be classified, upon request of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences,as non-matriculating. However, please be advised that only twelve hours taken as a non-matriculatingstudent may be applied toward a degree should you wish to later enter a degree program. There is asimple two-page application to complete, letter of approval from the Department, and a $25.00application fee. See also Error! Reference source not found. for information about auditing classes. 2.2.2. Auditing classesAny person in the department or external to the department who wishes to participate in any of the classesmust audit the class officially by enrolling through the Graduate School. No credit is given for classesaudited. Alternatively, the person can enroll as a non-matriculating student (NMATR) and gain credit forcompleting the class. As directed by the LSU Graduate School, written consent of the individualinstructor and the Dean of the Graduate School are required for auditing classes. Enrollment forms for -5-
  6. 6. auditing classes and registration forms for NMATR students are available through the VCS DepartmentalOffice or the LSU Graduate School (See 2.2.1). Fees for auditing courses are in accordance with the“Regular Semester”. Students in an advanced clinical training programs registering as a NMATR may beentitled to a fee waiver. 2.3. Major professor 2.3.1. Selection of major professorEach student will have a major professor who directs the student’s Graduate Committee. The majorprofessor may be assigned to or elected by the graduate student, depending on the area of research. Themajor professor must be a member (associate or full) of the Department of Veterinary Clinical SciencesGraduate Faculty. A faculty member who holds adjunct status with the Department of Veterinary ClinicalSciences and who has associate or full membership of the Graduate Faculty can act as a co-majorprofessor. 2.3.2. Role of major professorThe major professor is responsible for guiding the graduate student through the graduate program on adaily basis.The major professor evaluates the graduate student’s research, chairs the student’s graduate examinationsand acts as a liaison between the Student’s Graduate Committee, the Departmental Graduate FacultyCommittee and the LSU Graduate School. The major professor, in conjunction with the graduate studentand the Student’s Graduate Committee, are responsible for constructing the course work program for thestudent and identifying possible deficiencies. This program of study must be constructed and approvedby the Departmental Graduate Faculty by the end of the first year. The major professor will report(written) the student’s progress to the Departmental Graduate Advisor and the Departmental GraduateFaculty Committee at the end of each year (see 2.5, 2.6, Error! Reference source not found.). 2.4. Graduate Committee 2.4.1. Structure of Student’s Graduate CommitteeThe Student’s Graduate Committee must consist of a minimum of three faculty members, including themajor professor who acts as chair of the committee. All members of the graduate committee must be onthe graduate faculty. One member must be a full member of the graduate faculty in VCS. Other membersmay be drawn from the major department or other departments. The graduate committee must beapproved by the Departmental Graduate Faculty and the Dean of the Graduate School. The Student’sGraduate Committee should be composed of those faculty members best qualified to direct and evaluatethe student’s program of study and research. Responsibility for selection of the committee lies with thestudent in consultation with their graduate advisor. 2.4.2. Role of Student’s Graduate CommitteeThe Graduate Committee is responsible for initially reviewing the course work program for the studentand accepting this program (with revisions) before review by the Departmental Graduate FacultyCommittee. The graduate committee is also responsible for deciding the format of the thesis. Thegraduate committee is responsible for final acceptance of the master’s thesis. 2.5. Departmental Graduate FacultyThe elected chair of the Departmental Graduate Faculty serves as the Departmental Graduate Advisor,chair of the Departmental Graduate Faculty Committee, and may be a member of the School of -6-
  7. 7. Veterinary Medicine Graduate Academic Studies Council. Duties of the Departmental Graduate Facultyinclude reviewing graduate programs, developing graduate courses, and reviewing graduate applications.The Departmental Graduate Faculty Committee consists of at least one member of any section that has agraduate student and one member from a section that does not. The committee does not exclude anymember of the graduate faculty who wishes to participate in meetings or activities of the committee. Thecommittee will meet on a bimonthly basis or as needed and will act as a liaison between the Student’sGraduate Committee and the Departmental Graduate Faculty. 2.6. Departmental Graduate AdvisorThe chair of the Departmental Graduate Faculty also acts as the Departmental Graduate Advisor. Thechair maintains liaison between the graduate student and the Departmental Graduate Faculty, using theDepartmental Graduate Faculty Committee to assist in reviewing individual graduate programs, graduatestudent progress or providing advice to the Graduate Committee and major professors. 2.7. Academic ProgramStudy plans for students pursuing the MS degree are flexible and designed to provide the student with abroad background. Specialization at the MS level can be achieved through a study plan that is developedwith the advice of a major professor and the Student’s Graduate Committee. Study plans must includeadvanced courses in Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Study plans can also include advanced courses instatistics, experimental design, microscopic and macroscopic anatomy, pathology and physiology.Students pursuing the MS degree are expected to attend and participate in departmental seminarswhenever these are offered. 2.7.1. Program of studyA proposed program of study signed by the advisor and the graduate student must be submitted to theDepartmental Graduate Faculty Committee by the end of the first year of enrollment. The graduateschool does not require formal notification of the program of study. The program of study proposalshould include the student’s program objectives, course schedule, teaching responsibilities, if any, andtheir clinical responsibilities, if any. 2.7.2. Transfer of creditsSee General Catalog 2.8. Academic Standards 2.8.1. Grades for the graduate school° Grades carrying advanced degree credit ° A,B,C (up to but not more than 6cr of grade C), S (satisfactory), P (pass)° Grades carrying no credit ° D, F, I (incomplete), W (withdrawn), U (unsatisfactory), NC (no credit)° The I grade indicates that a course performance was satisfactory, but because of circumstances beyond the student’s control, all requirements have not been met. An I grade should not be given to enable the student to do additional work to bring up a deficient grade. An I grade may not be given for a course undertaken in the semester in which the student graduates if the course is listed in the application for the degree or if changing the I to an F would result in the student’s cumulative average being less than 3.00. An I grade can never be assigned for thesis research. S and U grades are given for thesis (8000) research courses up to and including the semester the student graduates. Authorization from the Dean of the Graduate School is NOT required for assignment of an I grade. An I grade is valid only until the final date for submission of grades at the end of the next regular -7-
  8. 8. semester (fall or spring), whether or not the student is enrolled. Responsibility for changing an I grade lies with the student and the faculty member concerned. Failure by the faculty member in submitting a “Grade Correction Report” to change an I grade by the final date for submission of grades will result in the I grade becoming a permanent F grade. 2.8.2. Grades requirementGraduate students are considered in good standing if they earn a 3.00 cumulative average on all graduatecourse work taken within the LSU system and if they earn a grade of S in research.A student who has a cumulative average below 3.0 in either graduate course work or total course workwill be placed on probation. A student with a cumulative average as low as 2.75 may be dropped fromthe graduate school. A student receiving a U for research will also be placed on probation. A studentreceiving a second U may be dropped from the graduate school. The student must attain a cumulativeaverage of 3.00 the following semester to continue in the program. 2.9. Research programAll research proposals should be presented to a group of faculty and other graduate students in the area ofinterest for suggestions or recommendations.Early submission of the research proposal by the graduate student to the Student’s Graduate Committeeand Departmental Graduate Faculty Committee is required to ensure that questions regarding thesuitability of the program, procedures to be used or time required for completion are not raised late in thestudent’s program. The research proposal should be approved by the Student’s Graduate Committee andthe Departmental Graduate Committee before any investment of time or work has begun. 2.9.1. Animal useAll projects, whether clinical or experimental, whether using live or dead vertebrates must be submitted tothe Louisiana State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for approvalbefore they begin. See for guidelines. This process can take 1 to 2 months. The Departmentalrepresentatives can provide guidance on submitting this form. The appropriate form should be submitted(available on disc from the Department office). The graduate student CAN NOT be listed as the principalinvestigator on the IACUC form. This should be the major professor, the graduate student being listed asthe co-investigator or co-principal investigator.Graduate students must attain certification by the IACUC for handling the animal species involved in theresearch program. Training material required for certification is available in the library. For other details,contact the Chairperson of the IACUC committee or the Veterinary Clinical Sciences representatives. use guidelinesFollowing are guidelines to assist investigators in determining whether an approved animal care and useform is necessary prior to data collection. Examples given are not intended to be all inclusive.An approved animal care and use form is not needed when:1. A doctor-client relationship exists and procedures performed on, or samples collected from animals are limited in type and quantity to those consistent with the accepted diagnostic, preventative or therapeutic practice of veterinary medicine. Examples of such include those performed or collected in the routine activities of veterinary clinicians.2. Tissues, including blood, are obtained from animals - a) in the normal course of clinical management, b) the normal course of activities at the Animal Control Center, or c) by another investigator. In each case, the secondary need for tissues must not influence their primary management. Examples of these include left over blood collected for diagnostic purposes, unneeded tissue collecting following -8-
  9. 9. euthanasia of clinical patients or research animals, and scientific use of archival biopsy or necropsy specimens.3. Clinical or other biological observations are made on animals involved in commercial enterprises, so long as the observations do not influence their primary management. Examples of such include clinical observation of animals in training for athletic events, and morphologic measurement of fish harvested by commercial fisherman.An approved animal care and use form is needed when:1. Procedures performed on, or samples collected from animals are primarily for research data acquisition, even if they are compatible with accepted veterinary practice. 2.9.2. Research fundingExtramural funding for conducting research is encouraged and is the responsibility of the graduate studentwith the advice of the Student’s Graduate Committee. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the majorprofessor, with the cooperation of the graduate student, to obtain funding for the research. Manyextramural sources are available depending on the area of interest and species involved.Limited intramural funding may be available through the department or individual sections. These areunreliable sources, and when available, are usually on a non-renewable, yearly basis.If funding is not secured when entering the program, the graduate student and major professor are advisedto seek funds from extramural sources within the first year. Internal funding grant submission protocolThis protocol is covered in VMED 7004 Introduction to Research which should be taken the firstsemester of the student’s curriculum. External funding grant submission protocolThis protocol is covered in VMED 7004 Introduction to Research which should be taken the firstsemester of the student’s curriculum. 2.10. Department ResourcesDepartment facilities, faculty training and collaboration with other departments in the School ofVeterinary Medicine and other LSU departments allow study plans with topics in many facets of clinicalsciences. There is a working relationship with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and theLouisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. 2.10.1. Media servicesA well equipped biomedical communications facility is available to all faculty and graduate students.Computer generated slides, illustrations, photographic services and video services are available. For afull listing of capabilities see the website for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Media Services.The Media Services office is located on the second floor of the School of Veterinary Medicine Buildingin Room 2216 (phone 89-930). 2.10.2. Office supportComputer support is available for graduate student use. Photocopying, typing and other manual tasks canbe performed by Departmental office staff and work study students, depending on availability of staff andtime constraints. 2.10.3. AssistantshipsA limited number of assistantships may be available for graduate students who are not also enrolled in anadvanced clinical training program. These will be awarded on a competitive basis. Usually, graduatestudents holding the DVM or equivalent degree will be engaged in an advanced clinical training program -9-
  10. 10. and will be funded through these programs. State supported stipends are awarded only to post-DVMstudents not in an advanced clinical training program. Other stipends are available from the AlumniFoundation, the Board of Regents and from grants and contracts.3. THE GRADUATE FACULTY 3.1. Graduate Faculty Listing Acierno, Mark J SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Andrews, Frank M FULL MEMBER Beadle, Ralph E EMERITUS MEMBER Bubenik, Loretta J SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Burba, Daniel J SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Carter, Renee Thompson SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER da Cunha, Anderson Favaro SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Davidson, Jacqueline R SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Eades, Susan C SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Eddlestone, Susan Marie SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Eilts, Bruce E FULL MEMBER French, Dennis D FULL MEMBER Gaschen, Frederic P SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Gaschen, Lorrie Elaine SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Gimble, Jeffery SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Grooters, Amy M SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Hedlund, Cheryl S FULL MEMBER Hosgood, Giselle L FULL MEMBER Hubert, Jeremy David SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Johnson, Jill Roxanne FULL MEMBER Lauer, Susanne U SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Lopez, Mandi J SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER McConnico, Rebecca S SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Mitchell, Colin F SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Natalini, Claudio C SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Nevarez, Javier G SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Paccamonti, Dale L FULL MEMBER Pariaut, Romain SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Riggs, Laura M ASSOCIATE Senior, David F FULL MEMBER Shiomitsu, Keijiro SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Sod, Gary Andrew SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER -10-
  11. 11. Stokes, Ashley Michelle SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Storey, Eric S SIX YEAR ASSOCIATE MEMBER Taboada, Joseph FULL MEMBER Tully, Thomas Norman Jr SEVEN YEAR MEMBER Venugopal, Changaram S FULL MEMBER4. MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM 4.1. Course and Credit Hour RequirementsAll master’s graduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate courses, a finalexamination and a thesis.Course requirements° A minimum of 12 hours of graduate work must be at the 7000 level or greater.° A minimum of 10 hours of course credit must be from VCS courses° A minimum of 6 hours of research/thesis credit must be completed (only 6 hours counted towards degree)° A maximum of 4 hours of seminar (VCS 7001) may be applied toward the MS degree° A maximum 8 hours of special topics (VCS 7003) may be applied toward the MS degree° A minimum of 8 hours of non-VCS coursesStandard program CREDIT HOURS RESTRICTIONS COURSE TYPE 10 minimum VCS Graduate level courses (7000 or above) 6 maximum Thesis/Research (8000) 8 Required non-VCS courses 6 Other Total 30 4.2. Course loadFor students enrolled in a MS program, a minimum of 9 credits hours per semester and 6 credit hours inthe summer are required to constitute full-time study.For students also completing an Advanced Clinical Study Program, a MAXIMUM of 8 credit hours canbe taken per semester and a MAXIMUM of 6 credit hours in the summer. 4.3. Graduate Course ListingVCS courses (a minimum of 10 credit hours required) COURSE # CREDITS OFFERED TITLEVCS 7001 1 (max. of 4 cr.) F,S Seminar: Veterinary Clinical SciencesVCS 7002 1-4 (max of 6 cr) V Research Techniques in Vet. Clinical SciencesVCS 7003 1-4 (max. of 8 cr.) F,S,Su Special Topics in Clinical Veterinary MedicineVCS 7201 2 V Veterinary GastroenterologyVCS 7202 1 F,S Veterinary Surgical TechniquesVCS 7204 2 V Advanced Veterinary OrthopedicsVCS 7205 2 V Advanced Veterinary Clinical Neurology -11-
  12. 12. VCS 7206 2 V Advanced Veterinary Urogenital DiseasesVCS 7208 2 V Advanced Veterinary Cardiovascular DiseasesVCS 7209 2 V Advanced Veterinary Respiratory DiseasesVCS 7210 1 (max 3) F,S,Su Veterinary Scientific Journal ReviewVCS 7003 2 Su Veterinary Scientific WritingVCS 7003 2 F Advanced Principles of SurgeryVCS 72xx TBAOther required courses (8 credits) COURSE # CREDITS OFFERED TITLEVMED 7004 2 F Special topics: Introduction to researchVMED 8000 V F,S,Su Thesis researchand one of the following COURSE # CREDI OFFERED TITLE TSPBS 7301/7302 4 F Principles and Methods in Epidemiology AND Disease ControlPBS 7003 3 V (F) Use of SAS in Veterinary Medical ResearchPBS 7312 4 S Epidemiologic Study DesignEXST 7003 4 F,S Statistical inferenceEXST 7004 4 F,S Experimental StatisticsEXST 7005 4 F,S Statistical TechniquesEXST 7031 3 S Experimental DesignEXST xxxx Other statistics or epidemiology course approved by the Graduate CommitteeSuggested elective courses COURSE # CREDITS OFFERED TITLECBS 7109 1-3 V Advanced Macroscopic AnatomyCBS 7614 3 V Central Nervous SystemCBS 7615 3 V Pulmonary PharmacologyCBS 7622 3 F,S Fundamentals of CarcinogeneisPBS 7404 3 V Pathogenic Mechanisms of BacteriaPBS 7411 3 S-E Molecular Mechanisms of Viral PathogenesisPBS 7423 3 F-0 Cellular and Molecular ImmunologyPBS 7509 1-3 V Surgical PathologyPBS 7525 2 F Advanced Veterinary Clinical PathologyDepartment of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Course Offerings - Rotating ScheduleCourse Cr. 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 107202 Vet Surg. Techn. 1 S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F7208 Adv. Cardiovascular F S7209 Adv. Respiratory S F -12-
  13. 13. 7003 Special topics - S F SFundamentals of Surgery7206 Adv. Vet. Urogenital 2 F S F S7204 Adv. Vet Orthoped. 2 S F F7201Vet Gastroenterology 2 F S7205 Adv. Vet Neurology 2 S F7003 Vet. Scient. Writing Su Su Su Su Su Su Su Su Su7210 Vet Scient Journal S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F,Review Su Su Su Su Su Su Su Su Su7001 Seminar 1 S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F7002 Research Tech. 1-4 S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F S,F7003 Special Topics 1-4 S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, Su Su Su Su Su Su Su8000 Research 1-4 S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, S,F, Su Su Su Su Su Su Su Su SuVMED 7004 Intro. To 2 F F F F F F F F FResearchA complete listing of graduate course offerings may be found in the LSU General Catalog. Course listings (and theGraduate Bulletin) may also be accessed online through the LSU homepage, 4.4. ThesisA research thesis is required for all degree candidates. 4.4.1. Thesis Preparation and RequirementsThe master’s thesis should demonstrate capacity for research, originality of thought, and ability inorganizing materials. It must be acceptable in subject matter and exhibit creditable literary workmanship.The format of the thesis is decided by the Student’s Graduate committee. At least 6 semester hours ofthesis credit are required for the MS degree. For information concerning thesis preparation, consult thepamphlet “Guidelines for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations”, available from the LSU GraduateSchool. 4.5. Final Examination and Thesis DefenseCandidates for the MS degree are required to pass a comprehensive final examination. This examinationmay be oral, written or both, depending on the preference of the Student’s Graduate Committee.Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of one to three hours of credit during any semester inwhich they are taking the MS final examination.Typically, the final examination is an oral examination following the thesis defense. The thesis defensetakes the form of a seminar, open to attendance by any interested parties. Following the seminar, thegraduate student and the examination committee will convene and discuss the thesis, asking questions ofthe graduate student. Minor changes to be made to the thesis can be requested by the examinationcommittee at this point.At least 3 weeks prior to the time of this examination, the student should submit to the Graduate School arequest for appointment of the examining committee. Normally, a candidate for the MS degree will takethe final examination during the semester in which he or she plans to graduate. If a student wishes to takethe final examination earlier, the student’s graduate committee must provide the Dean of the GraduateSchool with a sound academic reason for doing so. Examinations may not be scheduled betweensemesters. -13-
  14. 14. The final examination committee is usually composed of those faculty members who serve as theStudent’s Graduate Committee. At least one member of the examination committee must be a fullmember of the Graduate Faculty. The major professor serves as the chair of the examining committee.The committee is nominated by the chair of the student’s major department and appointed by the Dean ofthe Graduate School.In order for the student to pass this examination, there may be no more than one dissenting vote.(Dissenting votes, along with assenting votes, must be recorded on the examination cards and the thesisapproval sheets submitted to the Graduate School). 4.6. PublicationsEach student will be required to submit at least one manuscript based on their research to a refereedjournal. 4.7. Duration of Course of StudyFull time MS degree students should complete the degree in two calendar years. Ideally, the graduatestudent doing a concurrent residency program should complete the MS degree prior to or during the lastsemester of the residency. This may be a requirement in some residencies. All students must complete theMS degree within five calendar years.5. DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM 5.1. Course and Credit Hour RequirementsCourse requirements: The Graduate School has no specific course work requirements for the However, sufficient course work, equivalent to at least three years full-time study at the courselevel of 4000 or above, is expected. The course work, in conjunction with research training, will providethe student with the skills needed for continuing research independent of the major professor. The VCScourse work requirements are as follows:Requirements at least 14 credits of VCS courses at least two statistic courses (minimum of 6 credits) at least 3 credits of VCS 7001 (max of 4) (Seminar) at least 3 credits VCS 7210 (max of 4) (Journal Review) a maximum of 6 hours VCS 7003 (Special topics) VMED 7004 (2 credits) (Intro to research) a minimum of 12 hours research (VMED 8900, 9000) with a maximum of 24 hoursIf a minor is selected, the course work must meet the minor requirements of that department.14 credits VCS Graduate Courses 7000 or above (e.g. 4@VCS 7210, 4@VCS7001, 6@VCS7003) 2 credits VMED 7004 8 credits Statistics courses (2 courses – credits range 6-8)12 credits Elective courses24 credits Research (VMED 8900/9000) -14-
  15. 15. ----------- 60 Credits Total 5.2. Course loadFor students enrolled in a PhD program, a minimum of 9 credits hours per semester and 6 credit hours inthe summer are required to constitute full-time study.For students also completing an Advanced Clinical Study Program, a MAXIMUM of 8 credit hours canbe taken per semester and a MAXIMUM of 6 credit hours in the summer. 5.3. Graduate Course ListingIn addition to courses listed under the Master of Science program above, 5.4. General ExamIt is in the best interests of students that those with high probability of continuing successfully toward adoctoral degree be identified as soon as possible. Doctoral students are, therefore, required to pass arigorous qualifying examination or the general examination within three calendar years (36 months)—or aperiod deemed equivalent for part time students—of their classification as doctoral students. Exceptionmay be made to this if a department so petitions the Graduate School. 5.5. DissertationStudents who have passed the general examination normally direct most of their energies towardpreparation of the dissertation, which must be a contribution to knowledge in the major field of study. Thedissertation must demonstrate a mastery of research techniques, ability to do original and independentresearch, and skill in formulating conclusions that in some way enlarge upon or modify accepted ideas.The form of the dissertation must be in accordance with the instructions in the electronic thesis anddissertation guidelines available online at 5.6. Final Exam and Dissertation DefenseA request for the final examination must be submitted to the Graduate School by the student’s departmentchair at least three weeks prior to the proposed examination date and by the current semester deadline, ifthe student is a candidate for a degree (see the academic calendar for all pertinent dates). This requestmust specify the major and minor fields (if appropriate), dissertation title, time and place proposed for theexamination, and nominations for the examining committee. The examining committee, including thedean’s representative, must have copies of the dissertation at least two weeks prior to the finalexamination. Examinations may not be scheduled between semesters. 5.7. PublicationsEach student will be required to submit at least one manuscript based on their research to a refereedjournal. 5.8. Time LimitThe program for the doctoral degree must be completed within seven years from the time a student isclassified as a doctoral student. This time limit may not be exceeded except by special permission of the -15-
  16. 16. dean of the Graduate School. No less than one academic year may elapse between the passing of thegeneral examination and the completion of all requirements for the doctoral degree. -16-