Please note that many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and admissions requirements due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Additionally, references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions should be read in light of current campus health and safety guidelines, which continue to evolve in response to changing conditions. More information can be found on WesternU’s COVID-19 Information page.  Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

We are a “college without walls” with many clinical partners in the community and around the world. As a student you will experience extensive interaction with animals beginning your first semester, working alongside faculty and veterinarians in the local area and beyond. After completing our four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, you will be well prepared to enter a rewarding career caring for animals as a veterinarian.

Why choose WesternU?

We have a nationally recognized program and offer:

  • An American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program.
  • Problem-based learning (PBL) where you will investigate veterinary cases in small groups.
  • An opportunity to learn how to heal animals without harming them for educational purposes. This is our guiding reverence for life philosophy.
  • A curriculum that prepares you to work with a wide variety of animals, including small companion animals, horses, food animals, exotics and wildlife.
  • Extensive clinical experience where you have the opportunity to experience large caseloads.
  • Numerous partnerships with other universities including Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA, area animal clinics, emergency facilities, specialty practices and humane societies.
  • Numerous corporate partners such as Banfield, The Pet Hospital, and the Los Angeles Zoo.
  • A small, private, health-focused institution that fosters interprofessional learning with other health professions.
  • Rich array of student club and volunteer opportunities.
  • Multi-national faculty with diverse expertise.
  • Outstanding student support services including tutoring and disability resources.
  • A great Southern California location with tremendous clinical training opportunities as well as access to major cultural and recreational resources.
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