New veterinary college is planned in Ariz.

Officials at Midwestern University, a nonprofit health care-focused institution in Arizona, plan to launch a veterinary medicine program in 2014, including hiring 60 to 70 veterinary faculty and staff members. The closest veterinary schools are in Colorado and California, and Arizona has a critical shortage of veterinarians, particularly for large animals. Nationally, there's one veterinarian for every 3,500 animals on average, but Arizona only has one veterinarian per 4,100 animals, and several counties have none, according to a Midwestern University spokeswoman.

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