The 32 students enrolled have already completed their first week of classes
Students in the Utah State University (USU) College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2027 arrived for a week of orientation in mid-August in preparation for their studies to come. According to a university release,1 the orientation covers some nuts and bolts of navigating facilities and policies, but the week is titled the Aggie Wellness Experience because the focus is on providing students with connections to their new community of scholars, introducing tools that can help build resilience and improve mental health and wellbeing, and formally welcoming students to the profession.
A total of 32 students make up USU’s class of 2027 with 24 women and 8 men. There are 22 Utah residents, and others come from Nevada, California, Texas, Connecticut, North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin and Wyoming.1
Pursuing a doctor of veterinary medicine at Utah State University is a joint program with Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, in which the veterinary students spend their first 2 years at Utah State and then finish their remaining 2 years at Washington State. The degree is then awarded by Washington State University (WSU).2
The program operates under WSU’s American Veterinary Medical Association accreditation. The joint program accepts 20 students from Utah and 10 nonresident students per year. The first 2 years at USU’s Logan campus are focused on pre-clinical training and the final 2 years at WSU allows students to complete the clinical portion of their veterinary education.2
USU has access to lab facilities and equipment, allowing research in animal reproduction, nutrition, and disease.2 USU is preparing to expand its program to provide a 4-year doctor of veterinary medicine degree, with plans to welcome its first class of 4-year students in the fall of 2025. A new veterinary medicine building will be constructed near the corner of 1400 North and 1200 East in Logan, and students will also continue to learn and gain hands-on experience at the university’s Animal Science Research Farm in Wellsville.1