Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine is AAVMC’s Newest Member; Universities of West Indies, Sarajevo Join as Collaborative members.

Jeff Douglas or Jeanne Johnson
Phone: 202/371-9195, x144
Email: jdouglas@aavmc.org or jjohnson@aavmc.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 15, 2021 — The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has welcomed one new member from the United States and two new Collaborative international institutions.

The new Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine has received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance (LRA) from the COE and become the AAVMC’s newest member.

The Texas Tech school plans to focus on meeting the veterinary service and educational needs of rural and regional communities across Texas. The school will begin with an inaugural class of approximately 60 students in fall 2021. 

Texas Tech initiated plans to develop a veterinary medical educational program decades ago, in 1971. Following years of effort, the initiative gained momentum and support and was formally announced in 2015. A combination of state and private support was developed to support its creation.

Accredited members enjoy the full complement of member privileges and advantages, including the ability to vote in the AAVMC Assembly and serve in organizational leadership positions.

The University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine in Trinidad and Tobago and the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Veterinary Medicine have joined the AAVMC as Collaborative Members.

The UWI-SVM is the only institution in the English-speaking Caribbean offering a complete DVM program on a single campus, according to information published on their website. The school is aligned with the “One Medicine” concept and offers special opportunities in tropical veterinary medicine.

The 62-year old University of Sarajevo Faculty of Veterinary Medicine institution bases its teaching activities on the continuous development of its scientific capacities and commitment to internationalization, seeks to improve the health and welfare of humans and animals, and the development of the Bosnia-Herzegovina economy.

Collaborative membership in the AAVMC is available to colleges and schools of veterinary medicine outside of the United States and Canada who are recognized by their governments but do not have plans to seek accreditation from the Council on Education (COE).

Collaborative members may attend meetings, receive a subscription to the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME) and have access to AAVMC staff expertise, but they are not eligible to vote in the Assembly.


The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.

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