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Penn State Animal Science Department Announces Joint Vet School Program with University of Glasgow

Posted: December 5, 2014

Animal Science students can apply for unique program beginning in 2015.

Beginning in 2015, students in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State will have the unique opportunity to enroll in the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine for their final year of college, setting them on the road to automatic acceptance into the four year program at the University of Glasgow. After successfully completing their senior year, they will receive a B.S. degree from Penn State while continuing to pursue their veterinary degree at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, “This is the first time something of this nature has been done at Penn State, and we are delighted to be able to offer our students this pathway to veterinary medicine school. The University of Glasgow has a superb reputation, and they approached us with this novel concept after seeing the caliber of several of our students who had graduated from their traditional veterinary degree program.”

Dr. Tracy Hoover, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, who helped work out the details of the articulation agreement, said, “We are thrilled to offer our students this innovative opportunity to study veterinary science with Glasgow’s internationally renowned program. We are always embracing new ways of enhancing the student experience, and this is an outstanding way to combine international study with a solid path toward becoming a veterinarian.”

The program, known as the 3+1+4 system, was offered for the first time to universities in the United States in 2014. While the total time spent in school is the same as the traditional vet school route, eight years, there is a distinct advantage in having a guaranteed entry into vet school.  Students must satisfactorily complete the first year, and will also be eligible to apply to schools in the United States. The University of Glasgow has approved status from the American Veterinary Medical Association, so the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) is the equivalent to the DVM. Officially, the program is called the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine FEEPASS Programme (Facilitated Early Entry Programme for Animal Science Students).

Robert Mikesell, Program Coordinator, Animal Sciences Major, and Senior Instructor in the Department of Animal Science, said that realistically, most students will be looking to enroll in the program in the Fall of 2016. Students must have completed all required general education and Animal Science core courses to be considered for the Glasgow program, so incoming freshmen have the best opportunity to fulfill these requirements.

In essence, the first year of veterinary school at University of Glasgow will count as completion of the fourth year of the Penn State Animal Science/Science Option curriculum.

Students interested in the program can contact Dr. Robert Mikesell, 324 Henning Building, University Park, PA, 16802, or rem9@psu.edu or Jana Peters, Animal Science Advising Coordinator, jp9@psu.edu.

Other universities in the United States with agreements for the University of Glasgow’s veterinary medicine include California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Purdue University, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois and University of Vermont.