It appears the number of accredited veterinary schools in the United States will reach an even 30 next year, as Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), located in Harrogate, Tenn., moves toward opening its College of Veterinary Medicine. LMU this week announced it had received its Letter of Reasonable Assurance from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (COE), a key step toward accreditation. The University plans to admit its first class of veterinary students in the fall of 2014.

Last month we noted that Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Ariz. also received its Letter of Reasonable Assurance, and plans to welcome its first class of 100 veterinary students in 2014.

The LMU Division of Health Sciences already includes an array of degree programs including the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Physician Assistant Program, the Caylor School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences, which includes a Veterinary Medical Technology Program. In addition to its own facilities, the veterinary college will share resources available to the other disciplines within the Division.

LMU will join the University of Tennessee as the second university in Tennessee offering a DVM degree program. Nationally, there currently are 28 accredited veterinary medicine colleges, so the addition of Midwestern University and LMU next year will bring the number to 30.

More information is available from Lincoln Memorial University.