TUCSON – The University of Arizona will soon be training the veterinarians of the future after the American Veterinary Medical Association approved the launch of Arizona’s first public College of Veterinary Medicine north of Tucson.
According to the AVMA, the University of Arizona received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance Wednesday, which allows the college to begin enrolling students at the new facility at 1580 E. Hanley Blvd. in Oro Valley.
With the Letter of Reasonable Assurance in hand, the college will eligible for full accreditation after its first class of students graduate.
“Agricultural, ranching and related industries drive strong demand for veterinarians in our state and across the nation, and Arizona students will now be able to take advantage of an innovative Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program situated within the land-grant, Research-1 setting provided by the University of Arizona at in-state tuition rates,” said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. “This show of support from the AVMA paves the way for the University of Arizona to become a leader in veterinary medical education.”
UA officials said the college’s first class is expected to enroll in 2020, and graduate in 2023. The college has not yet begun accepting applications, authorities say,
“We see anything that walks, flies, slithers or crawls through our door, and we always look forward to training young veterinarians in those species and sharing our knowledge,” Assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine Sarah Carotenuto, D.V.M. “It’s about teaching students how to be a practical veterinarian from day one, with feedback and guidance each step of the way.”
Authorities say there is currently a shortage of veterinarians in four regions of Arizona, which includes Maricopa, Pinal, Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz, Navajo, Southern Apache and Yuma counties.