Three new veterinary programs in the works

Summer 2011

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), a small liberal arts college in eastern Tennessee has asked the AVMA Council on Education for a consultative site visit of its planned College of Veterinary and Comparative Medicine. The University hopes to enroll its first class in the fall of 2012, contingent upon the accreditation process. The College plans to offer an accelerated six-year combined pre-veterinary and doctoral level veterinary medical curriculum that will enrolled 100 students a year. Dr. Randy Evans, who joined LMU as the director of its veterinary technician program will be the dean of the new veterinary college.

In April 2011, the Arkansas State legislature voted to approve House Bill 1780 authorizing the creation of the Southern Arkansas University School of Veterinary Medicine. Funding was not appropriated but once available, university leaders will determine whether the program will be a full-scale veterinary college or a partial, 2+2 program, which would involve partnering with an established veterinary school. The University's Department of Agriculture currently offers a pre-veterinary science program. Currently, Arkansas residents are offered several spots in the Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine at in-state tuition cost. By offering its own program Arkansas hopes to keep veterinary graduates practicing in their state.

Midwestern University (MU), which concentrates on health care programs, has begun a yearlong study to explore the possibility of opening a veterinary medicine program at its Glendale, Arizona campus. MU also has a campus in Illinois. Results of this study will be presented to the Board of Trustees in February 2012. Midwestern is considering a four-year program but remains undecided on whether to offer on-campus clinical training or a distributive model clinical curriculum.


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