The University of Arizona has announced that, with a $9 million gift for an endowment, the institution will create a college of veterinary medicine. Such institutions are rare in the United States -- the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges lists only 30 members. Most are at land-grant universities. Getting into vet school is highly competitive anywhere, but it is particularly difficult for those in states without vet schools, as most of the public institutions favor residents. The Arizona announcement noted that the veterinary college at Colorado State University, in a neighboring state to Arizona, receives 1,600 applicants for 138 seats, only 55 of which are open to those from outside Colorado, and only a few of which typically go to those from Arizona.