Three New Members Join the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)

Washington, D.C., January 14, 2020  ­– Three new member institutions have joined the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), bringing the association’s total number of members to 53. The newest members are the University of Bristol Veterinary School, the Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine (LIU-CVM) and the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine (UA-CVM).  

The University of Bristol has earned full accreditation from the Council on Education (COE). LIU and UA have each received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance from the COE and will enroll their inaugural classes in Fall 2020.

The University of Bristol is a major research university located in the southwest area of the United Kingdom, about 100 miles west of London. The university received its Royal Charter in 1909 and enrolls about 22,000 students. Based at Bristol’s Langford Campus, the school includes equine and small animal hospitals, a dairy farm, diagnostic laboratories, and farm animal, small animal and equine practices.

At full enrollment, LIU-CVM will serve 400 students, with 100 in each class. The school will incorporate a distributed clinical education model that includes partnerships with more than 50 affiliates, including primary care and specialty clinics, zoos, research laboratories and shelters. Founded in 1926, LIU enrolls about 17,000 students on several campuses. Their CVM will be located on LIU’s 330-acre Post Campus on Long Island’s “Gold Coast,” part of the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

The UA-CVM will offer a competency-based, year-round curriculum that will graduate students in nine consecutive semesters over three years. Students will spend their first two years in pre-clinical courses that focus on active-learning experiences rather than lectures. Classes will include up to 110 students.

Arizona will utilize a hybrid-distributive teaching model, which will include University of Arizona facilities and a network of more than 250 veterinary practices.


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 Council on Education (COE) accredited veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, 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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