Harrogate, Tennessee, January 10, 2019 – The American Veterinary Medical Association Council of Education (AVMA COE) has granted Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) full accreditation. LMU-CVM was initially granted provisional accreditation status four years ago by the AVMA COE when it was established as the 30th veterinary college in the United States.
“We are proud to have earned full accreditation from the AVMA Council of Education,” said LMU-CVM Vice President and Dean Jason Johnson. “This achievement is a testament to the collaborative work of the students, faculty and staff, LMU administration and clinical partners in developing an innovative, high-quality, practical-based and student-centered program that graduates confident, career-ready veterinarians.”
One of LMU-CVM innovations is the hybrid distributive learning model—the first ever of its kind in veterinary education—which provides students with real world, hands-on experience at over 240 veterinary practices around the country. Recognizing that medical knowledge must be developed in conjunction with clinical skills, students get hands-on experience with animals beginning in the first semester and continuing throughout the program. Students also have opportunities to collaborate on research projects and one-health initiatives through the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia.’
“While this is an incredible milestone, we are not going to stop here,” added Johnson. “We will continue to develop innovative programs and partner with organizations around the world to give students the opportunity to be exposed to the most remarkable curated hands on learning experiences within the veterinary industry.”
LMU announced in 2011 that it was pursuing a College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014, the college welcomed the members of its inaugural class. In May 2018, LMU-CVM celebrated with its inaugural class at its commencement ceremony, and today LMU-CVM trained veterinarians are practicing in Appalachia and around the nation. Overall, 33 percent of the Class of 2018 are practicing in Tennessee, Kentucky or Virginia, and 34 percent of the graduates are practicing in large animal or mixed animal practices.
“LMU-CVM is helping the university meet its mission of providing outstanding educational opportunities to Appalachian residents,” said LMU President Clayton Hess. “Furthermore, the college is providing service to humanity through the training of ethical veterinary doctors who will attend to the health and wellness needs of animals within rural communities, especially within the Appalachian region.”
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.