Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that LIU would receive $12 million in state funding to help open the region's only veterinary medicine college. [Photo courtesy Suffolk County Democratic Committee)

New York State is investing $12 million to help build the College of Veterinary Medicine at LIU Post as part of the state’s $72 million investment to support three transformative local health care initiatives, it was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on May 18.

The University is creating the new College to help fill a void in the industry. Currently, there are only 30 schools of veterinary medicine in the United States and just three are in the Northeast. None of these is located in the New York metropolitan area.

In a story reported by Newsday,  Cuomo said that the new LIU veterinary school in Brookville, in conjunction with projects proposed for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Northwell Health in Manhasset, would give a big boost to the region’s push to develop biotechnology—and further the creation of a “research corridor” on Long Island.

“We have to invest in the future economy,” Cuomo reportedly told the Long Island Association, a non-profit business advocacy group, at its annual dinner held in Woodbury last Friday night. “The future economy, I believe, and more importantly you believe, is going to be in the life sciences cluster.”

Pending approval, LIU’s College of Veterinary Medicine hopes to enroll 100 students each year in a four-year doctoral program.

As quoted in Newsday, LIA President Kevin Law said that these three projects that the governor wants to fund “are going to significantly strengthen the research corridor that we have been trying to establish on Long Island, from Brookhaven National Laboratory to the Genome Center in Manhattan.”