East Second Street 309
91766 Pomona, California United States of America
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Recognition status :
AVBC Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.
AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association
CVMA Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
VCNZ Veterinary Council of New Zealand
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences was established in 1998 as the first new college of veterinary medicine in the United States in more than twenty years, and stands as a new paradigm in veterinary medical education: innovative instructional programs, cost-effective delivery of education, and cooperation with other educational institutions and the private sector. Instruction and clinical opportunities are provided in a wide variety of domestic species, including food animal, equine, and companion animals. The College sustains a vibrant, diverse faculty by encouraging advancement through personal and professional development and research, creating an academic community of competent, caring, ethical professionals, where cooperative learning, public service, and scholarship can flourish. One of the College's major goals is the recruitment and retention of a diverse and interactive student body. Diversity of the student body enhances the educational experience of each individual student, while simultaneously enhancing the College's ability to meet society's needs of the veterinary profession. The College has three Founding Principles: We are committed to Student Centered Learning. We are here to guide students along the path of professional development that prepares them for a career in veterinary medicine. It is our fervent hope, our deepest desire, and our firm intention that they become familiar with the science of discovery. We hope to enhance their training through expanded opportunities provided by strategic partnerships between the College of Veterinary Medicine and representatives of many of the numerous purveyors of veterinary services in different fields of study. We are committed to a Reverence for Life philosophy that guides our decisions in designing and delivering the curriculum. It is our goal to avoid harming or killing animals in the process of training ethically competent veterinarians. The College opened in 2003, the first new college of veterinary medicine in the United States in 20 years. The founders of this college had a unique opportunity to selectively integrate and build upon the best that veterinary medical education had to offer in the 20th century. Computers, like the one you are using to read these words, and the ability to instantaneously retrieve information via the Internet, has drastically restructured the landscape of information management. Today, veterinarians must be lifelong learners as well as information managers. We are guardians of public health in an age of bio-terrorism; protectors of the nation s food supply in an unprecedented era of developing natural and man-made threats; and health care providers for the pet members of our families in a time when society demonstrates an ever increasing appreciation for the contributions of our animal companions. The profession of veterinary medicine has never been more important, more exciting, or more promising as a satisfying professional career. Western University of Health Sciences, a 5-college campus with a wide range of professional health care programs and interprofessional learning opportunities, offers a distinctive educational experience.