New Jersey’s First Veterinary School To Open at Rowan

Rowan University Provost Anthony Lowman; Dr. Matthew Edson, Founding Dean of the new Rowan School of Veterinary Medicine; Senate President Steve Sweeney; Rowan President Ali A. Houshmand; and Frederick Keating, President of Rowan College, South Jersey, mark the launch of New Jersey’s first veterinary school.

Rowan University School of Veterinary Medicine will open on the Rowan College, South Jersey, campus, marking a major step in the expansion of medical education in New Jersey.

“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.”

Sweeney noted that the Rowan veterinary school will be the 34th school of veterinary medicine in the nation and the only one in New Jersey. When it opens in the fall semester of 2025, Rowan will join Michigan State University as the only university in the nation with a medical school, a school of osteopathic medicine, and a veterinary school.

“It is appropriate that the new Rowan School of Veterinary Medicine is being built next to the School of Osteopathic Medicine on the Rowan College, South Jersey, campus because it is emblematic of the unique partnership that Rowan University President Ali Houshmand, RCSJ President Frederick Keating and our other Rowan College presidents have forged the betterment of the students they serve,” Senator Sweeney said.

“Working together, Rowan and Rowan College, South Jersey, will be able to offer not only doctorates in veterinary medicine, but also affordable bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and certifications that will enable their graduates to fill skilled veterinary medical positions at all levels,” he said.

Dr. Houshmand thanked Senate President Sweeney at the opening ceremony for pushing for the $75 million state appropriation to create new Rowan School of Veterinary Medicine. The appropriation was announced at the end of last month.

“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,” Dr. Houshmand said. “Our curriculum will emphasize developing career-ready professionals to address shortages of animal health care providers in New Jersey and throughout the United States.”

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