Rowan University Announces New School of Veterinary Medicine

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

Pictured: Tony Lowman, Provost, Rowan University; Matthew Edson, Founding Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine; Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco, Gloucester County Board of Commissioners; Senate President Steve Sweeney, Third Legislative District; Commissioner Lyman Barnes, Gloucester County Board of Commissioners; Ali A. Houshmand, President, Rowan University; Commissioner Heather Simmons, Gloucester County Board of Commissioners; Frederick Keating, President, Rowan College of South Jersey. Photo credit: Gloucester County.

SEWELL, N.J. – Rowan University is establishing the Rowan University School of Veterinary Medicine to be housed on the campus of Rowan College of South Jersey.

It will be the first school of veterinary medicine in New Jersey and the first in the country to be established at a county college.

“Gloucester County continues to break the mold of traditionalism,” Gloucester County Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger said in a press release from the county. “The Board of Commissioners is extremely proud of the work our educational partners do to offer some of the best education and schools in Southern New Jersey.”

The Rowan University School of Veterinary Medicine will offer New Jersey’s first Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, as well as additional degrees and training programs designed to shape the future of veterinary medicine and animal health care in the state.  

According to the university, the project would not have been possible without the advocating from Senate President Steve Sweeney, who secured $75 million in funding to construct the school’s primary academic and clinical facility in Sewell.

“Southern New Jersey has been improving the quality of medical education and research over the last decade,” Sweeny said. “With national demand for veterinarians combined with Gloucester County’s farming industry it was a no-brainer that Rowan University would be the home of New Jersey’s first veterinary school.”

Rowan will establish undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and internship/residency programs at the veterinary school. Additionally, an A.S. in veterinary technology to B.S. in veterinary technology pathway program will be offered in collaboration with Rowan College of South Jersey-Gloucester. 

“We believe the partnership between the County, Rowan University and Rowan College of South Jersey creates a unique opportunity for students,” Commissioner Lyman Barnes, Liaison to Education stated. “We continue to create ways for our students to excel in future career paths thanks to the growing landscape of the county all while keeping education affordable.”

With the addition of the new school, Rowan will become one of two universities in the nation to offer Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees. The University offers its MD program through Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and its DO program through Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine. 

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