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Long Island University debuts College of Veterinary Medicine Learning Center

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Facility serves as New York metropolitan region’s only veterinary medicine program

Long Island University (LIU) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the College of Veterinary Medicine Learning Center. LIU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is the only veterinary medicine program recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education in the New York metropolitan area and is one of 4 in the Northeast, joining Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Tufts University.1

Photo courtesy of Long Island University.

Photo courtesy of Long Island University.

“Today is monumental for Long Island University and its College of Veterinary Medicine. We are celebrating an investment that advances innovative technology and supports the economy. We are creating unique opportunities for our students to become leaders in veterinary medicine and life sciences. This initiative also provides LIU’s talented faculty new research opportunities that enhance learning,” expressed Eric Krasnoff, chairman of the LIU board of trustees, in the release.

“The College of Veterinary Medicine has been a catalyst for Long Island University’s advancement as a top academic and research facility as part of Long Island’s world-class life science corridor, and it would not be possible without strong support from Governor Hochul and Empire State Development,” added Long Island University president Kimberly R. Cline, MBA, JD, EdD. “We are very proud of our new College of Veterinary Medicine facilities and connected clinical and research experiences which provide students with significant opportunities to become leaders in veterinary medicine.”

In 2017, the College of Veterinary Medicine was approved by the LIU Board of Trustees. It is one of the university’s most rapidly growing and most competitive programs with 450 veterinary and graduate students anticipated for the 2023-24 academic year.

The College of Veterinary Medicine includes large lecture theaters, classrooms, clinical skills laboratories, seminar rooms, and a small animal simulation suite with examination rooms, surgical suites, and a medical imaging center. It provides hands-on learning through a unique distributed education model, with supervised clinical experiences throughout the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Students gain multidisciplinary professional skills through the college’s partnerships with more than 75 affiliates, including primary care, specialty clinics, zoos, research laboratories, shelters, veterinary industry leaders, and other universities.1

The opening of the center is part of the university’s substantial investment project designated for the College of Veterinary Medicine. LIU was granted $12 million by New York State, as part of the state’s investment in transformational health care initiatives to help establish Long Island as biotechnology research corridor.

“As one of only four veterinary schools in the Northeastern United States, the Veterinary Learning Center is a game-changer for the future of veterinary medicine,” stated Kevin Law, Empire State Development board chairman. “With its innovative approach to education, emphasizing hands-on learning and real-world experience, students are equipped with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in the field. Congratulations to Long Island University on its commitment to advancing veterinary medicine and promoting the well-being of all.”

“New York State’s investment in the LIU College of Veterinary Medicine campus, home to 21st century facilities and top-tier instructors, is a forward-thinking choice that will have lasting benefits for our society and economy. With the increasing demand for veterinary services, it is essential that we equip future generations of professionals with the necessary education and training they need to succeed as caring veterinary practitioners,” Long Island Regional Economic Development council co-chairs Linda Armyn, chief strategy and marketing officer at Bethpage Federal Credit Union and president of Farmingdale State College John Nader, PhD, MA, concluded.

Reference

Long Island University unveils state-of-the-art College of Veterinary Medicine Learning Center. News release. Long Island University. February 3, 2023. Accessed February 7, 2023. https://headlines.liu.edu/?p=6017

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