A 1+3 program between Montana State University (MSU) and Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine is accepting new students, with classes to begin in August 2014. The program will accept up to ten students annually. They will spend the first year of their studies at MSU before attending WSU to complete the final three years.On September 19, the Montana State Board of Regents unanimously endorsed funding the program. The Montana State Legislature and governor Steve Bullock approved creation of and funding for the new program during their 2013 legislative session.An admissions committee composed of MSU and WSU faculty in addition to representatives from the Montana veterinary and livestock industries will choose Montana students who possess a desire to work in food animal medicine and other areas of emphasis across the veterinary profession.According to the Montana VMA, the state has a shortage of 278 livestock veterinarians and a majority of the state’s 125 food animal veterinarians are nearing retirement.
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