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AZ: Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine Completes Next Step in Accreditation Process

November 14, 2014

by Office of Communications

On October 22, 2014, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council On Education voted to extend provisional accreditation to Midwestern University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Provisional accreditation is the next step in the process for the College; the College will be eligible for full accreditation when its inaugural class graduates in 2018. The Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine is the first school to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree in the state of Arizona.

Midwestern officially announced plans for the new College on March 7, 2012, and the College's inaugural class matriculated in August 2014.

"The entire team, led by Dr. Brian Sidaway, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has done an excellent job developing the programs and curriculum for our veterinary students," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University. "The AVMA has extremely high standards as an accrediting group and we are pleased that we have met them consistently throughout the entire process. I thank all of our faculty and staff for their support."

Midwestern University committed over $180 million toward the new College's physical facilities, including the 78,000 square foot Cactus Wren Hall academic building and the Animal Health Institute, incorporating the 109,000 square foot Companion Animal Clinic and the 70,000 square foot Equine and Bovine Center.

For more information about Midwestern University's Veterinary Medicine program and the University's 12 other healthcare graduate degree programs, visit or call 623/572-3215.

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