About Our Program
What Makes Us Different?
The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine has its eye on the future. Not only is our program relevant to the challenges the profession faces today, but it is also committed to shaping the future of veterinary medicine.
Active learning is the core of our program. We encourage students to take ownership of their education in a program that maximizes student engagement in the classroom and integrates hands-on training. We believe students learn best in real-world settings that prepare them to be day-one-ready practitioners.
The College of Veterinary Medicine also takes a holistic, fresh point of view toward the students themselves. By focusing on the veterinarian as a whole person, the program offers wellness support and resources to prepare graduates to be successful life-long learners and leaders of the communities they serve.
We care about a whole-person approach to education. We reimagined a culture of wellness that supports students as they explore their pathways to lifelong learning and well-being. Students have access to financial counselors, wellness professionals, and learning specialists to assist with courses and combat the stress and burnout accompanied by the veterinary profession.
We aim to graduate comprehensive practitioners who will be leaders and future changemakers focused on building a healthier profession for all.
Located at the base of the Catalina Foothills in Tucson, Arizona, the Oro Valley campus of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program serves as the primary facility during the first two years of preclinical education and offers cutting-edge spaces for student support and laboratory instruction. Additional collaborative centers such as the Campus to the Campus Agriculture Center, the Health Science Innovation Building, mobile surgery unit, and clinical affiliate sites, are utilized to enhance clinical, surgical and professional veterinary skills training.
Our Three-Year Model
We want to provide an outstanding education without lifelong debt. Our three-year, nine-semester, continuous program produces veterinarians who are in
high demand and ready to contribute to the well-being of their communities
through their service. Our curriculum structure provides a robust hands-ons education and provides students the opportunity to graduate and earn salaries sooner than their peers.
Meet Our Dean
Dr. Julie Funk, Dean of The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine, believes in the transformative power of education because it changed her life. Growing up on a farm, Dean Funk was familiar with the persevering and demanding work necessary to care for the welfare of animals and applied those aptitudes as a first-generation student at Michigan State University, beginning a journey she would never forget. Higher education offered a world full of promise with endless opportunities driving Dean Funk to pursue a path intent on inspiring the same sense of possibility for future students.