UMES Vet School will be a First for Maryland and Public HBCUs

Source: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The veterinary profession lacks diversity for many reasons. A primary reason is a lack of access and exposure to veterinary medicine. UMES plans to help change that reality by launching Maryland’s first vet school. The school will be the first of its kind on the Eastern Shore.

The school will start accepting students in fall 2026. UMES President Dr. Heidi M. Anderson said, “This program will enable us to serve farmers, the food industry, and the 50% of Marylanders who own a pet. It will also increase both the diversity of the profession.” The president expressed her gratitude to the state boards and commission for supporting the program. The UMES veterinary program will last three years instead of the traditional four-year programs. This will allow veterinary students to graduate earlier and contribute to the state’s need for academically trained vets. Veterinarians are projected to be among the most in-demand workers in the coming years. 

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