VetICE was born from the realization that almost every veterinary institution has unmet educational needs caused by faculty shortages. The sheer cost of hiring new faculty and the demand for new public health courses has created this shortage.
In 2007, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) addressed this problem by recommending colleges move toward a more collective educational model, sharing faculty expertise, courses, and course materials.
In 2010, the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC), spearheaded by AAVMC, began the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken to ensure that veterinary medical education meets society's changing needs. One of the six resulting recommendations is to "increase sharing of education resources among veterinary medical schools and colleges to ensure quality, flexibility, and in the 2011 NAVMEC Report cost-effective education for veterinarians." VetICE was established to do just this.