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Montana State University Offers New

First-Year Veterinary Medicine Studies

 

 

October 2013 issue  

 

 

     Montana State University , working in conjunction with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in Pullman , is now offering first-year veterinary medicine studies for Montana residents.

     Ten qualifying students who have completed pre-vet undergraduate studies, will be able to attend one year of classes at MSU in Bozeman before transferring to the college in Pullman for the next three years of study. Applications are now open for courses to begin in August 2014.

     The Montana Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program is modeled after the highly-successful WWAMI Medical Education Program (human medicine) which has provided unique and competitive medical training of Montana students for over 40 years. The WWAMI program allows students from Alaska , Idaho , Montana , Washington , and Wyoming to enroll in the University of Washington Medical School and take their first year of classes in their home state.

     The admissions committee for the Montana Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program is made up of MSU and WSU faculty and representatives from the Montana veterinary and livestock industries.

     Students will take their first year of classes in Bozeman , in small classes with the teacher-student ratio of one to ten. During their summers, they will have opportunities to work in Montana veterinary practices. Any senior veterinary student from WSU will also be able to rotate through established veterinary practices in Montana . All Montana students will belong to the Montana Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

     Dr. Mark Jutila, an MSU veterinary immunologist said the new program will be supported by new, state-of-the-art animal facilities, including MSU’s Animal Bioscience Building and containment laboratories. These resources off valuable training in biosafety-related issues associated with infection in livestock, wildlife and other animals, including humans.

     Dr. Rebecca Mattix, an MSU teaching professor and pre-veterinary adviser, says that WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked in the top fifteen in the nation, and has a strong emphasis on livestock medicine.

     Large animal veterinarians play a crucial role in Montana ’s livestock industry. Montana has a shortage of 278 livestock veterinarians, according to the MVMA. Additionally, 63 percent of the 125 of Montana ’s large-animal veterinarians are nearing retirement age.

            For more information about the program, contact Dr. Rebecca Mattix at 406-994-5598; email rmattix@montana.edu; or Dr. Mark Jutila at 406-994-4540; email uvsmj@montana.edu. Or visit portal.vmcas.org.

 

 

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