Students in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State will soon have the opportunity to enroll in the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine’s FEEPASS program. FEEPASS stands for Facilitated Early Entry Program for Animal Science Students.
Under the program, students will complete the first three years of their undergraduate degree at Penn State. Their senior year will then be completed at the University of Glasgow, which equates to their first year of veterinary school. After successfully completing their senior year, they will receive a B.S. degree from Penn State while continuing to pursue their veterinary degree at the University of Glasgow.
The program, known at the 3+1+4 system, was offered for the first time to universities in the United States in 2014. While the total time spent in school is the same as the traditional vet school route, eight years, there is a distinct advantage in having a guaranteed entry into vet school, according to Penn State.
“We are thrilled to offer our students this innovative opportunity to study veterinary science with Glasgow’s internationally renowned program,” said Tracy Hoover Ph.D., associate dean for Undergraduate Education, who helped work out the details of the articulation agreement. “We are always embracing new ways of enhancing the student experience, and this is an outstanding way to combine international study with a solid path toward becoming a veterinarian.”
The University of Glasgow has approved status from the American Veterinary Medical Association, meaning the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) is the equivalent to the DVM.
The University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine also has agreements with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Purdue University, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois and University of Vermont.