University to open N.J.’s 1st school of veterinary medicine – NJ.com

A New Jersey university plans to open the state’s first school of veterinary medicine.
Rowan University officials recently announced the creation of the Rowan University School of Veterinary Medicine, which will offer a a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DMV) degree, as well as other degree and certificate programs in related fields. There are currently 33 such schools in the nation, and none in the Garden State, Rowan officials said in the announcement.
“We are creating a destination of choice for students who share a passion for animal health and who want to pursue careers in veterinary-related studies at all higher education levels,” Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand said in a statement. “Our curriculum will emphasize developing career-ready professionals to address shortages of animal health care providers in New Jersey and throughout the United States.”
Rowan plans to welcome its first class in fall of 2025. This class will comprise 60 students, pending approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council of Education (COE), the school said.
The public research university will use $75 million in funding, approved by the state legislature in November, to construct its primary academic and clinical facility in Sewell, school officials said. Designs for the 100,000-square-foot veterinary medical complex are underway, the school said.
“We’re excited to create a veterinary school where hands-on experience, virtual reality, simulations and outcomes-based, student-centered education and assessment are integral to the teaching and learning experience,” said Dr. Matthew Edson, a native of Eastampton Township and founder of the Rancocas Veterinary Associates, who will serve as the school’s first dean.
Officials, who gathered for a kickoff event last week at the future site of the school, said its genesis was prompted by a nationwide shortage of veterinarians. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges predicted in 2006 a shortage of 15,000 veterinarians nationwide within 20 years, the school said in a release. It hopes graduates can help fulfill the increasing demand, school officials said.
“Launching New Jersey’s first school of veterinary medicine at Rowan University is just the latest in a series of strides we have made in expanding and improving the quality of medical education and research over the past decade,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney.
“With this investment, we will be able to keep our best and brightest veterinary students in New Jersey, and we will attract aspiring veterinarians from other states to study here as well.”
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Deion Johnson may be reached at djohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @DeionRJohhnson.
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