Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine Receives Full Accreditation
January 4, 2019
The Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the first veterinary college in Arizona to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree, recently became the 29th U.S.-based institution to receive full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE).
“It is an incredibly good feeling to accomplish something this difficult,” said Thomas K. Graves, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “It was a true team effort and a very rewarding one. We look forward to continuing our growth with a full focus on program quality.”
Accreditation status certifies that an institution is compliant with AVMA standards in various categories, including finances, facilities, clinical resources, and curriculum, among others. Achieving full accreditation is the culmination of a painstaking five-year process that typically concludes following the graduation of a college’s first class. The Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 2012 and offers a four-year curriculum that prepares future veterinarians to provide exemplary animal care and impact their communities by improving animal and human health through research, scholarly activity, and service to the public.
The 90 members of the inaugural CVM Class of 2018 included 19 Arizona residents and 21 who plan to eventually practice in Arizona. Thirty-one of the new veterinarians are pursuing specialty internships or residencies, and 25 are planning to pursue rural veterinary medicine and large animal care.
Newly graduated veterinarians are ready to enter the workforce immediately, thanks to the intensive hands-on faculty-supervised patient care they experienced at Midwestern University’s Animal Health Institute in their third and fourth years of study. CVM’s Companion Animal Clinic, Equine and Bovine Center, and Diagnostic Pathology Center provide opportunities in veterinary patient care and diagnostic science, along with remote healthcare services via the Midwestern University Mobile Clinic and ambulatory service. The Animal Health Institute’s state-of-the-art facilities educate tomorrow’s veterinarians while providing the public with high-quality primary and specialty veterinary services at affordable prices.