aerial picture of WesternU's College of Veterinary MedicineThe College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences was established in 1998 as the first new college of veterinary medicine in the United States in more than twenty years, and stands as a new paradigm in veterinary medical education: innovative instructional programs, cost-effective delivery of education, and cooperation with other educational institutions and the private sector. On March 3, 2010, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) granted the College Full Accreditation.

Instruction and clinical opportunities are provided in a wide variety of domestic species, including food animal, equine, and companion animals. The College sustains a vibrant, diverse faculty by encouraging advancement through personal and professional development and research, creating an academic community of competent, caring, ethical professionals, where cooperative learning, public service, and scholarship can flourish.


“Our objective is not just to open another college of veterinary medicine, but to create a new paradigm in veterinary education.”
Philip Pumerantz, Ph.D., President of Western University of Health Sciences


One of the College’s major goals is the recruitment and retention of a diverse and interactive student body. Diversity of the student body enhances the educational experience of each individual student, while simultaneously enhancing the College’s ability to meet society’s needs of the veterinary profession.

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