Lincoln Memorial University opening veterinary school in 2014

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.