New College of Veterinary Medicine
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Midwestern University has announced the establishment of a College of Veterinary Medicine on its Glendale campus. The new program plans to welcome its inaugural class of 100 students in the Fall of 2014.
The Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine will be the first and only school offering the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) in the state of Arizona.
“In our continuing mission to meet the health care needs of the community, we are proud to bring this new professional degree program to Arizona,” said Dr. Goeppinger, president and CEO of Midwestern University. “The rural and agricultural areas of our state have shown a significant demand for more well-qualified veterinarians and have voiced strong support for this new college.”
Nationwide, statistics show one veterinarian per 3,500 animals. In Arizona, however, this ratio drops to one veterinarian per 4,100 animals. This shortage is especially critical in the large ranching and farming regions of the state. In three counties (Greenlee, La Paz and Yuma), no veterinarians are currently in practice.
“This is fantastic news for both Midwestern University and the State of Arizona,” said Governor Janice K. Brewer. “Quality veterinary care is an absolute necessity in our state, particularly in our farming and agricultural communities where demand is the highest and shortage of care is the most critical. The establishment of this college will produce good jobs and help ensure that Arizona develops home-grown veterinarians to meet our most pressing animal health care needs.”
The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges projects a shortage of 15,000 veterinarians over the next 20 years. The Government Accounting Office confirms that the veterinary workforce is not large enough to guarantee a safe food supply through adequate treatment of zoonotic diseases.
The Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine will focus on recruiting throughout the state and region, with particular emphasis on students from rural communities who can best meet the critical shortages within the profession. The University will be applying to the Arizona State Board for Private Post-secondary Education for licensure to grant the D.V.M. degree.