Plans for Veterinary College in Long Island Move Forward

The state of New York has pledged $12 million to help build a veterinary college at Long Island University. It will be the first veterinary college in the New York metropolitan area.
Amanda Carrozza
Published: June 29, 2018
Student NY Veterinary SchoolAlready home to the top-ranking Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, it looks like New York is poised to add another veterinary college within its borders — this time, a little farther east.

The state has announced plans to contribute $12 million to help build the College of Veterinary Medicine at Long Island University's Post campus in Brookville. And plans are moving ahead quickly. The university says the new college could be established as soon as this year and will start accepting veterinary students as early as September 2019. It aims to enroll 100 students in the four-year program each year.

“Investing in the nation’s newest veterinary college and the first in the New York metropolitan area is a transformative event for Long Island University, for the region and for animal health, which will create great New York jobs and research opportunities,” Kimberly Cline, EdD, Long Island University president, said. “We are grateful to all of our partners in government, the animal health community, and business community, for their support.”

The Long Island campus would not have an on-site teaching hospital. Instead, it would have a distributive model of clinical education that utilizes local area partners, including the Bronx Zoo and North Shore Animal League.

This is not the only new veterinary college scheduled to open over the next few years. Last month, Texas Tech University announced it had received up to $69 million from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation to build a veterinary college on its campus. Expected to officially open in 2021, the new veterinary college will be built on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus, which is already home to schools of pharmacy and medicine.

These two additions would bring the number of veterinary colleges in the United States to 32.

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