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LMU APPROVED FOR NEW VETERINARY MEDICAL SCHOOL



July 9, 2013 - Lincoln Memorial University’s emerging College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) has cleared the first step in the accreditation process with a Letter of Reasonable Assurance from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (COE). LMU-CVM is now recruiting students for the inaugural class, which will begin its veterinary medical education in Fall 2014.

“The approval from the COE to open a new school of veterinary medicine in Harrogate, Tenn., will propel this University to even greater heights and establish LMU as a leader in professional studies for the region,” said LMU Board of Trustees Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk.

LMU announced in 2011 that it was pursuing a College of Veterinary Medicine. In that year, the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC), which consisted of over 400 stakeholders in veterinary education representing academia, accreditation and testing/licensure, released a report that provided a roadmap for veterinary education. The Five Strategic Goals in this NAVMEC report served as the guiding light for creation of the LMU-CVM’s hybrid distributive model for delivery of veterinary education.

The emerging LMU-CVM will be an integral part of the LMU Division of Health Sciences, which includes 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. As such, in addition to its veterinary faculty and facilities the emerging College will share resources available to the other disciplines within the Division.

“We have assembled an exemplary team of professionals to develop this program.” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “The CVM will build upon LMU’s well-established allied health science programs in providing much-needed veterinary services to this region. LMU-CVM will be an exciting veterinary medical education program that graduates confident, career-ready veterinarians.”

Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Va. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s Division of Health Sciences and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/cvm.
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