The Lyon College Experience

Prepare to dive into a world of compassion, expertise, and innovation at Lyon College. Designed to nurture future leaders in veterinary care, our program will provide a unique blend of hands-on experience, cutting-edge research opportunities, and a supportive community dedicated to the well-being of all creatures great and small.

Ready for a journey towards a career in veterinary medicine?

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**Please note: The Lyon College School of Veterinary Medicine (LCSVM) has entered into accreditation proceedings with the Council on Education, the accrediting body of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Students may
not be admitted to LCSVM until the College has received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance.

Science Prerequisites

  • General Biology with lab (4 credit hours)
  • General Microbiology with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Genetics (3 credit hours)
  • Animal Nutrition or Feeds and Feeding (3 credit hours, not required but preferred)
  • General Chemistry with lab (8 credit hours)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (8 credit hours)
  • Biophysics or Physics (8 credit hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)

General Education Prerequisites

  • Speech Communication (3 credit hours)
  • English Composition (6 credit hours)


  • Lyon Institute of Health Sciences will not be charging out-of-state tuition. More information to come…

How the Application Process Works

All applicants to the LCSVM program must meet minimum program requirements that include a minimum GPA of 2.9 overall, 3.1 for the last 45 semester hours, and 2.9 science and math. Only coursework from accredited U.S. colleges and universities of higher education will be used for computation of grade point averages. Course prerequisites must be fulfilled by all applicants. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring semester of the year in which they would enter the DVM program. All applicants will be encouraged to provide evidence of a background of relevant experience and an appreciation of the breadth of veterinary medicine and OneHealth. Completion of the CASPer® Test will be required. Students must provide a statement of interest and goals, and two letters of reference will be considered (excluding family members or friends). In January of the year following receipt of a Letter of Reasonable Assurance from the COE (our accrediting body), LCSVM will utilize the AAVMC’s Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). At that time, applicants will be directed to review information on the VMCAS website. At LCSVM, one of the foundational tenets for all aspects of student, faculty, and staff engagement is the application and development of innovative approaches to veterinary medicine and education. The admissions process is completely in line with this concept and student selection and admission to the LCSVM will be holistic. The admissions process will be consistent with AVMA policies and procedures commonly utilized in U.S. pre-veterinary education and will select and admit applicants in a timely manner. The LCSVM will seek to admit a diverse student population with demonstrated academic capabilities, a wide array of life experiences, and a commitment to veterinary medicine.

Beyond Boundaries:

Lyon's Veterinary Frontier

$13.5 b

Help protect Arkansas livestock/poultry agriculture, one of the state’s largest industries at $13.5 billion.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for veterinarians will continue to rise by 18% through 2028 and beyond.


Veterinary medicine ranked #5 in Best Healthcare Jobs.

Faculty & Staff

The Educational Force Fueling Lyon College's Veterinary Medicine Program

Founding Dean | Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP

Lyon College School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Eleanor M. Green is the Founding Dean of the Lyon College School of Veterinary Medicine. She is Professor Emerita & Dean Emerita of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, Senior Advisor/Consultant for Animal Policy Group, Co-Founder and Vice President of Iron Horse Consulting & Iron Horse Farm, LLC, and Chief Medical Officer for Chou2 Pharma. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Large Animal Internal Medicine, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), Certified in Equine Practice. Dr. Green received a Bachelor of Science (BS) from theUniversity of Florida and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Auburn University. Following graduation, she designed, built, and operated a veterinary practice as partner/owner. She has since held numerous academic positions, including: founding faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University; equine clinician educator and scholar at Middlebush Equine Center at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine; Professor and Head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Hospital Director of the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Tennessee; Professor and Chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and the Chief of Staff of the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Florida; and Professor and Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.