New Jersey's First Veterinary School is in the Works

Written by: Jennifer Fiala
Published on: Jun 16, 2022

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Options for veterinary education in the United States could jump from 33 to 36 programs within the next few years, with Rowan University School of Veterinary Medicine in New Jersey as the first of the newcomers.

Citing rising demand for veterinary care and education, Rowan University will open New Jersey's first veterinary program to at least 60 students by fall 2025, pending a myriad of must-haves: additional funding, construction and a nod from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, the nation's accrediting body for veterinary education.

A consultative site visit by the COE, an initial step in the accreditation process, is tentatively planned for 2023. 

Efforts are underway in West Virginia and Arkansas, also, to potentially establish veterinary programs. Like New Jersey, neither of those states has its own veterinary school, and proponents cite a need for veterinarians in underserved regions around the country.

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