Source: AVMA

For the 2022-23 school year, U.S. Veterinary colleges enrolled over 4,000 first-year students, surpassing this milestone for the first time. Data from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) revealed that from 2012-23, first-year enrollment increased by an average of 2.7% annually, reaching a total growth of 37.7%, from 2,938 to 4,047 students. This growth is attributed to existing Veterinary colleges increasing class sizes and new Veterinary colleges graduating their first classes between 2022 and 2025. Several universities have also proposed new Veterinary colleges, leading to a significant increase in the number of Veterinary graduates in the years to come.

While expanding, existing schools like the University of Georgia, University of Florida, and Louisiana State University increased their first-year seats. Moreover, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) plans to establish the nation’s largest Veterinary program. The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine graduated its first class, following its launch in 2020, offering a three-year curriculum. The Shreiber School of Veterinary Medicine at Rowan University and Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine are also progressing in their accreditation processes, with the inaugural class of Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine expected to graduate in May 2025.

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