Lincoln Memorial University is now recruiting students for its first class in the just-approved College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Harrogate school 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, and plans to welcome students in the fall of 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.
The school announced its intention to form a vet school in 2011, and has been taking steps since then to make it happen. The school will be part of LMU's 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.
"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."