A New Jersey university plans to open the state’s first school of veterinary medicine.
Rowan University officials recently announced the establishment of the Rowan University School of Veterinary Medicine, which will offer a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DMV) degree, as well as other degree and certificate programs. in related fields. There are currently 33 such schools nationwide, and none in Garden State, Rowan officials said in the announcement.
“We are creating a premier destination for students who share a passion for animal health and who wish to pursue a career in veterinary studies at all levels of higher education,” said Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand, in a statement. “Our program will focus on developing career-ready professionals to address animal health care provider shortages in New Jersey and the United States.”
Rowan plans to host his first class in fall 2025. That class will consist of 60 students, pending approval from the Board of Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (COE), the school said.
The public research university will use $ 75 million in funding, approved by the state legislature in November, to build its main academic and clinical facility in Sewell, school officials said. Design for the 100,000 square foot veterinary medical complex is underway, the school said.
âWe are excited to create a veterinary school where hands-on experience, virtual reality, simulations, and outcome-oriented, student-centered education and assessment are an integral part of the teaching experience and learning, âsaid Dr Matthew Edson, a native of Eastampton Township and founder of the Rancocas Veterinary Associates, who will be the school’s first dean.
Officials, who gathered for a launch event last week at the school’s future site, said its genesis was due to a nationwide shortage of vets. 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 statement. He hopes graduates can help meet the growing demand, school officials said.
âThe launch of New Jersey’s first school of veterinary medicine at Rowan University is just the latest in a series of advances we have made to expand and improve the quality of medical education and research in Canada. over the past decade, âsaid Senate Speaker Steve Sweeney.
âWith this investment, we will be able to keep our best and brightest veterinary students in New Jersey, and we will also attract aspiring vets from other states to study here.â
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