The future of veterinary education in Arizona began this week as 102 inaugural students started classes at Midwestern University's new College of Veterinary Medicine, the state's only four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) program.
Students enrolled in the D.V.M. program will be taught in new state-of-the art facilities, including a 78,000 square foot classroom/laboratory building on the main campus, the Animal Health Institute (a 109,000 square foot veterinary clinic designed to provide teaching opportunities for students as they serve the local community's pets and their owners), and the on-campus Equine and Bovine Center, providing large animal education.
The veterinary students join other professional healthcare students at Midwestern in medicine, dental, optometry, pharmacy and other graduate-level health programs under the One Health initiative, which is designed to improve the health and well-being of both humans and animals.
"Midwestern University has strategically planned for the opening of this new College for a number of years and is committed to providing a quality educational experience for our new veterinary students. The faculty, staff, and administration of the new College of Veterinary Medicine have looked forward to the inaugural class as they join the healthcare team ready to serve the needs of our community," stated Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer.
Midwestern University has committed over $180 million toward the new College's physical facilities.
Fast Facts about the College of Veterinary Medicine's Class of 2018
· 24 students in the class are from Arizona; 27 of the 50 U.S. states are represented.
· The majority of the class is female (89 of 102), which is consistent with other veterinary schools. The median age of the class is 24 years.
· Students expressing a preference cited 17 different areas of career interest; the most popular were small animal primary care, specialty medicine, and food animal/production medicine.