Long Island University Approved for College of Veterinary Medicine

BROOKVILLE, NY Long Island University’s (LIU) College of Veterinary Medicine recently announced it has received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (AVMA-COE). This enables LIU to commence accepting applications for students who will begin the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program in Fall 2020.

LIU’s College of Veterinary Medicine will offer one of only four veterinary programs in the Northeast—joining the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Tufts University.

“We are extremely proud that LIU’s new College of Veterinary Medicine has met the high standards of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education,” says Long Island University President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “The launch of our veterinary school further elevates LIU as we clearly continue on our path to status as a nationally recognized teaching and research institution.”

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran states, “The LIU College of Veterinary Medicine will fill a void in Nassau County and our region, while promoting animal health and world-class research. I am delighted that Nassau will be home to the nation’s newest veterinary school and look forward to partnering with Long Island University on this project, which will be a wonderful asset to our County and the entire region.”

According to Long Island University Board Chair Eric Krasnoff, “The Board and the entire LIU community are thrilled to bring this new educational opportunity to the nation, where there is a quantifiable need for additional veterinary medicine colleges. LIU’s College of Veterinary Medicine provides a new college of choice for dedicated students who aspire to pursue careers in this field, as it enhances the reputation of our university in the research and academic realms.”

Long Island University Veterinary School

LIU College of Veterinary Medicine’s world-class faculty will offer hands-on learning experiences through a unique distributed education model featuring supervised clinical experiences throughout the four years of veterinary education. The college has secured partnerships with more than 50 affiliates, including primary care and specialty clinics, zoos, research laboratories, and shelters, where students will gain real world experience in surgery, diagnostic support, intensive care, and other areas critical for successful veterinary practice.

Long Island University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Randy Burd adds, “The College of Veterinary Medicine is under the direction of a world-renowned leader in veterinary medicine and exceptional faculty who will deliver rigorous academic and research training. We are honored that LIU will now provide students and faculty the opportunity to lead, and advance, veterinary medicine.”

Dr. Carmen Fuentealba, dean of Long Island University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said, “LIU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, selected based on their strong reputation as scholars and educators, are prepared to offer the highest quality education to the next generation of globally competent, practice-ready and entrepreneurial veterinarians. With our extensive network of research and clinical partners—including pet hospitals, zoos, and animal rescues—the entire region has been enthusiastically anticipating approval of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.”

New York State Senator Jim Gaughran adds, “By establishing the New York metropolitan region's first College of Veterinary Medicine, Long Island University has further added to its reputation as a national teaching and research institution. This school will play a critical role in promoting animal health and welfare in conjunction with our region's leading animal health organizations.”

Enrollment for LIU’s College of Veterinary Medicine students for Fall 2020 will officially commence following program registration with the New York State Education Department. At full enrollment, the veterinary school will serve 400 students, with 100 in each graduating class.

Last May, LIU was awarded $12 million by Governor Andrew Cuomo as part of New York State’s investment in transformational local health care initiatives, helping to establish Long Island as a biotechnology research corridor.

Kevin Law, President and CEO, Long Island Association, concludes, “Opening the first veterinary college in the New York metropolitan area will help transform the region and further contribute to Long Island's life-sciences research corridor as well as its economic health by creating jobs.”

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