The newest U.S. veterinary school isn’t following the tried-and-true paths of its esteemed predecessors, and it makes no apologies.

“Because we’re the newest of the 28 colleges, our original plan was written to incorporate a lot of the educational advances that people had been talking about doing but never really incorporated,” says Phillip D. Nelson, DVM, Ph.D, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences.

The private, nonprofit graduate university was founded in 1977 with a single college: osteopathic medicine. Since then, the university has expanded to nine colleges in Pomona, Calif., with the College of Veterinary Medicine starting up in 1998 and the colleges of podiatric medicine, optometry and dental medicine emerging in 2009.

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