Proposed new veterinary school clears first hurdle

Winter 2011

Utah State University (USU) is one step closer to establishing a veterinary school when the Utah Board of Regents unanimously approved a proposal to create a veterinary school at USU in partnership with Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

Known as a 2 + 2 program, students will spend the first two years studying basic veterinary science concepts at USU and the second two years at WSU in clinically oriented instruction and clinical rotation at a veterinary hospital and off-site preceptorships. The program will accept 30 new students a year, 20 from Utah and 10 nonresidents.

Currently USU offers a Bachelors degree in pre-veterinary studies, which has an enrollment of 150 -200 students.

The next hurdle is funding. The program will need $1.7 million of annual funding for the first two years, after which it will need $3 million of annual funding. The Utah State Legislature is expected to vote on funding during the next legislative session. If funding is approved enrollment can begin as soon as 2012.


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