Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Arkansas State University has been granted approval by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to establish a College of Veterinary Medicine and offer a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, moving closer to opening the state’s first public Veterinary school. The program aims to address the high demand for veterinarians in Arkansas and to provide students with more affordable education options.

The first cohort of students is targeted to start in the fall of 2025, though launch in 2026 is also possible depending on regulatory approvals. The program plans to enroll 120 students in each cohort, focusing on retaining 98% of students each year. The university intends to utilize existing facilities and philanthropic donations to support the program financially. This initiative aims to address Arkansas’ shortage of veterinarians, which ranks 49th in the United States for veterinarians per population.

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