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Colorado State, Alaska Start Dual DVM Program

Posted: Feb. 7, 2014, 3:00 p.m. EST

Colorado State University and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks are launching a collaborative program that will allow Alaska students to earn veterinary degrees from CSU.

The partnership, which kicks off in fall 2015, will introduce a veterinary curriculum at Fairbanks.

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An anatomy lab at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
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"We are pleased to partner with another land-grant university to begin offering first-rate veterinary education in a state where veterinarians are in high demand and where they don’t have the cutting-edge teaching and research opportunities for which our program is widely known,” said Colorado State President Tony Frank, DVM, Ph.D.

Leaders at the two universities agreed that the future of public higher education depends in part on partnerships that offer cost-effective ways to improve teaching and research. The partnership makes veterinary education viable at Fairbanks, where developing a standalone veterinary program would be cost-prohibitive.

Fairbanks will admit 10 veterinary students a year, with preference going to Alaska residents. Prospective students must meet the admissions standards established for the CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine Program.

Students will study for two years in Fairbanks before moving to Fort Collins, Colo., for their final two years of study.
 
The students will pay CSU’s nonresident tuition rate, or about $54,000 a year, when they go to Fort Collins.

CSU veterinary students will benefit from enhanced learning about topics such as wildlife disease and health, marine animal science, and sled dog rehabilitation, said the college’s dean, Mark Stetter, DVM, Dipl. ACZM.

"Alaska is fertile soil for One Health studies, and we’re really excited about that,” Dr. Stetter said. "The One Health concept of looking holistically at human, animal and environmental health is critically important as our university seeks solutions to complex global challenges.”

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