Laboratory Animal Science Program Admission Requirements

The following elements are requirements to be considered for admission into the program:

For All Applicants

  • Bachelor's or a graduate degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher from an regionally and nationally accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent.
    • The program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Successful completion of two semesters each of college-level Biology and Chemistry and one semester of Mathematics.
  • Minimum of 3 months or 500 hours of hands-on experience, as described in technical skills is required prior to the start of the first semester.
    • A total of 6 months or 1000 hours of verified laboratory animal experience (including the 500 hours of hands-on admission requirement) is a graduation requirement.
  • Applicants who desire a future as a Laboratory Animal technologist are strongly encouraged to have full time experience/employment during the 2 years of the program to be eligible for LAT and LATG certification through American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).
  • Three letters of reference, one of which must verify the minimum hands-on animal experience requirement.
  • Personal statement outlining the applicant's academic and professional goals.
  • Computer and computer services with various specifications (See Computer Standards).


For International Applicants:

Translation: If the academic institution that you attended does not issue documents in English, the credentialing agency will require that you submit a word-for-word translation of your transcripts. You can contact University Language Services (ULS) at to submit your transcript for translation and instruct them to send the translated transcript to the credentialing agency you chose.

Transcript Evaluation: International students whose native language is not English may contact one of the following credentialing agencies to submit transcripts for OFFICIAL evaluation: or  Instruct the credentialing agency to send the OFFICIAL evaluation (and translation) directly to the EVMS Director of Admissions & Enrollment.

NOTE: An OFFICIAL transcript must be submitted to the EVMS Office of Admissions & Enrollment as well as the credentialing agency of your choice.

TOEFL: International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam and receive a score as follows: Paper-based test: 550; Computer-based test: 213; iBT exam: 80.  Please go to the ETS website to take the TOEFL exam, and request your TOEFL scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Enrollment School of Health Professions.  ETS reports scores for two years after the test date. If you have previously taken the TOEFL but the two-year period has expired, the program will accept a personal copy if available.

Application Submission

Application materials may be submitted beginning November 1 for admission to the next matriculating class.  Applications should be submitted by March 1 for early admission consideration.  Applications submitted after March 1 will be considered until all positions are filled. Students who plan to seek financial aid are advised to submit their applications as early as possible. Upon acceptance into the program, a $300 non-refundable matriculation fee (which will be credited towards the first semester's tuition) is required to secure class placement.

Who Should Apply?

The program is designed to provide highly motivated veterinary students, veterinary technicians, research associates in educational or pharmaceutical research facilities, with basic training in laboratory animal science, and animal resource management and study design.



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