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AZ: Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine On Track for Accreditation

June 11, 2013

by Office of Communications

Vet Class BuildingOn Friday, May 31st, Midwestern University's new College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) received a "Letter of Reasonable Assurance" from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education. This important notification allows the College to begin recruiting students. The inaugural class of 100 students is scheduled to matriculate in August 2014.

The "Letter of Reasonable Assurance" signifies that Midwestern University and the College of Veterinary Medicine is well-prepared to meet the 11 standards required by the AVMA to become accredited. The program will be eligible for provisional accreditation in 2014 and full accreditation in 2018, when the facilities, curriculum, faculty, and students, are fulfilling our strategic plans. More information on AVMA accreditation policies and procedures can be found at:

The Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine will be the first and only school offering the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree in the state of Arizona.

"The entire team, led by Dr. Brian Sidaway, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has done an excellent job in developing the plans for this new College," 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 our plan has met their requirements. I thank all of our faculty and staff for their support throughout this entire process."

Midwestern officially announced plans for the new College on March 7th, 2012. The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education issued a certificate of authority for Midwestern to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree the following October. On May 21st, 2013, the Higher Learning Commission approved the University's request to offer the D.V.M. degree. With all of these required accreditation approvals, the University can now move forward to recruit and enroll its inaugural class of students.

Midwestern University is committing over $100 million toward the new College's physical facilities, including an academic building, a large animal teaching facility, and a small animal clinic. Construction commenced earlier this year.

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.

AVMA Contact Information
American Veterinary Medical Association Council On Education
1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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