Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is the 30th, and newest, CVM in the United States to receive provisional accreditation.
LMU is a private, non-profit, institution founded in 1897, and has been in continuous operation as a non-profit for 117 years. LMU has earned the highest level (level 6) of accreditation available by its Department of Education recognized regional accrediting body (SACSCOC). LMU has several other biomedical and professional degree programs, including Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Business, Education, and Law, in addition to its CVM.
LMU is located at the intersection of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia at historic Cumberland Gap, adjacent to the national park of the same name. The University was founded under the direction of General O.O. Howard who was urged by President Lincoln to establish two universities as part of the post war reconstruction. One was to provide opportunities for African Americans, and is now known as Howard University in Washington DC. The second university was to provide opportunities to the mountain people near the Cumberland Gap who were instrumental in the cause of the Union. That University became Lincoln Memorial University.
The LMU-CVM has established its physical facilities on the main campus in Harrogate, TN and its animal facilities on a farm near Ewing, VA. The CVM will not have a centralized teaching hospital, but will utilize the distributive model for it clinical teaching. The CVM will incorporate numerous innovations into its many curriculum, research, and other programs. It will incorporate many of the recommendations of the recent AAVMC strategic plans, such as NAVMEC.
The CVM has admitted its first class of 96 students, and is in the process of admitting its second class. It is also building its resident and part-time faculty, and is refining and innovating its curriculum. LMU aspires to develop into a high quality, mainstream, College of Veterinary Medicine that excels in the teaching of several areas, such as clinical skills. LMU will also remain true to its mission of providing opportunities for students in our Appalachian region.