Montana students can enroll in new vet program

Published on: Aug 5, 2013

Montana students now have the opportunity to enroll in the first Montana-centered veterinary medicine program being offered in cooperation with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University (WSU).

Students can apply online through Oct. 2. Classes will begin in August 2014.

Applicants should go to https://portal.vmcas.org/ and apply to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine as Montana residents, said Rebecca Mattix, a Montana State University teaching professor and pre-veterinary adviser who earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine at WSU. A supplemental application will then ask detailed questions about pursuing admission through the Montana Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program. The Montana Legislature and Gov. Steve Bullock approved the creation of and funding for the program during the 2013 legislative session.

Ten Montanans will be chosen for the new Montana Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program, Mattix said. She added that the admissions committee — made up of Montana State and WSU faculty and representatives from the Montana veterinary and livestock industries — will identify students who have strong ties to Montana and want to work in food animal medicine and other areas of emphasis across the veterinary profession.

Acceptance to the Montana Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program provides students the unique opportunity to continue their education in Montana, while establishing linkages with the Montana veterinary profession far earlier than what could be done if they attend an out-of-state school, Mattix said.

Students will take their first year of classes on the Montana State campus in Bozeman, Mont. Students will then go to Pullman, Wash., where the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is located. During their summers, they will have opportunities to work in Montana veterinary practices.