The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education has turned down an appeal from the University of Arizona for accreditation for its proposed veterinary college, according to news reports. The AVMA initially turned down the university’s accreditation request last summer.
For several years, the University of Arizona has planned to launch an accelerated DVM program, with a significant focus on food animals. The university’s plan intends to award DVM degrees in less time than typical, helping ease the shortage of veterinarians in rural practice while also reducing student debt. Arizona intended to minimize costs by integrating the veterinary program with existing facilities and resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Medicine. Rather than invest in a veterinary teaching hospital, the university planned to use a “distributive model,” relying on industry partnerships to place students into residencies at private practices, industry or government agencies during their final two semesters.
A 2014 article on this site titled “Arizona Plans Innovative DVM Program” provides more details on the proposed veterinary college.
According to news reports, the university intends to continue pursuing accreditation, but the earliest the school could begin training students will be the fall of 2019.