On March 7, 2012, Midwestern University Board of Trustees approved establishing a new veterinary school on its Glendale, Arizona campus, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Phoenix. Construction will begin by January 2013, with a proposed inaugural class matriculating in fall 2014. The $90 million veterinary campus will include three buildings, a 50,000 square foot academic facility, a 25,000 square foot large animal facility, and a 50,000 square foot small animal clinic.
The new school has received support from local farmers and ranchers who hope it will relieve a shortage of veterinarians in rural parts of the state. According to Midwestern spokeswoman Stacy Pearson, Arizona has one veterinary per 4,100 animals, while the national average is one per 3,500. Some Arizona counties have no veterinarians.
Midwestern University is a not-for-profit health care university with campuses in Arizona and Illinois offering health science degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry. The University will apply to the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for licensure to grant the DVM degree.
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