The proposed 31st veterinary program in the U.S. was denied accreditation for a second time this week by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The University of Arizona had originally hoped to enroll a class of vet students last year, but the continued denial of accreditation will push the start date back to 2019 at minimum. The program can reapply for accreditation this summer, but currently only meets 7 out of 11 quality standards required by the AVMA.
The University of Arizona had hoped to open a fast-track vet program that would allow students to complete their DVM degree in three years instead of four (by attending classes continuously with no summer breaks). The school has created a listserv for updates on the potential opening of the vet program, and interested individuals can sign up via the UA vet school website.