Tennessee-based Lincoln Memorial University is set to open the state's second veterinary school in 2014.

The new school will host its inaugural class in the 2014 fall semester, meaning it will start recruiting students immediately, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The private liberal arts school located in Harrogate, Tenn., has been working closely with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 2011 to achieve preliminary accreditation approval. Pete DeBusk, chair of Lincoln Memorial's board of trustees, told the News Sentinel the school will continue to work with the AVMA over the next several years to achieve full accreditation.

The veterinary college's classes will be held in the university's Math and Science Building, as well as at a University of Kentucky research facility, and a large animal classroom and laboratory that DeBusk said he will build on his property in Virginia.

Instead of building its own animal hospital, Lincoln Memorial University will send veterinary students to other local animal hospitals and veterinary facilities to gain their required clinical experience. 

After the school is operational, it will become Tennessee's second veterinary college next to the University of Tennessee, the News Sentinel reported.

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Dr. Chris Duke
Dr. Chris DukeUnited States
7/12/2013 3:04:13 PM #

12 % manpower excess quoted just recently.  Student debt at an all-time high.  Many new grads under-, or unemployed.  Yet, we'll open yet another veterinary school?  Sorry, I just cannot get excited....

Robert R. Marshak
Robert R. MarshakUnited States
7/12/2013 4:40:08 PM #

Not only does Tennessee not need a second veterinary veterinay school but neither does the nation, especially a school that I believe will take veterinary medical education back to a vocational era I once thought was extinct. Established in non-research university (google for a list of  American research universities), I believe the Lincoln Memorial school, absent a teaching hospital, takes its distributive clinical model a large step too far, in effect to an apprentishship system.  
It will be fascinating to see how the AVMA-Council on Education (COE), the USDE's recognized accrediting agency for American veterinary schools, processes Lincoln Memorial's pursuit of full accreditation.

It is tragically ironic, at a time of a  persistently flat, and I predict a steadily diminishing applicant pool (in number and quality), and in the face of a growing veterinary workforce surplus, that any university would be stupid enough to believe that this is a time for yet another school, one that I believe can never satisfy even the weakened accreditation sutandards unless ignored by the COE, as I believe was the case in other recent accreditaions.  The argument that Tennessee and the nation need more large animal practitioners is disengeuously bogus. There are  indeed areas with unmet needs for large animal veterinary services, but they are areas that lack sufficient numbers of livestock or horses to provide veterinarians with a decent living.  Robert R. Marshak, DVM, DACVIM

grant nisson
grant nissonUnited States
7/12/2013 6:43:26 PM #

]Why is the AVMA involved in opening another veterinary school in an environment of oversupply and egregious student debt?  Don't the members get a vote?

Richard Hobart
Richard HobartCanada
7/12/2013 6:44:28 PM #

Maybe it is just me but I think that there are currently too many new veterinary graduates being produced in the United States and Canada.

beckyUnited States
7/13/2013 8:38:27 AM #

These for profit schools will be the death of good veterinary medicine. The established schools are doing little to combat the overproduction of veterinarians either. We will follow the same course as the dental schools. It will be interesting to see which schools close first? The Universities who know how to educate students, or the for-profit schools. I would not encourage anyone to go into veterinary medicine at this time. Sad.

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