Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Ariz., is now the 29th college of veterinary medicine in the United States to become a member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Midwestern’s inaugural class of 100 veterinary medicine students is scheduled to enroll in August 2014.
Members of the AAVMC, which include all 34 veterinary medical schools in the United States and Canada, must be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education. Midwestern’s veterinary college has met the AVMA’s standards required for successful accreditation, so the council has granted it a form of preaccreditation—a “letter of reasonable assurance”—that clears the way for AAVMC membership and for the college to begin admitting students. Midwestern will be eligible for provisional accreditation in 2014 and full accreditation in 2018 upon graduation of its first class.
As a member, Midwestern will be able to vote on AAVMC decisions and utilize its Veterinary Medical College Application Service, which streamlines the application process for prospective students, along with other services. The application cycle for prospective students seeking admission to veterinary college during fall 2014 began June 5.