LIU’S COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE JOINS EXCLUSIVE COMPANY AS ONE OF JUST FOUR ACCREDITED FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES OF VETERINARY MEDICINE IN THE NORTHEAST
For nearly 100 years, Long Island University has built and maintained a reputation for
providing solutions before any other institution. The University is home to the nation’s
first school of professional accountancy, Brooklyn’s first college of pharmacy, the prestigious
George Polk Awards in the field of journalism and LIU’s unique Global College, which
offers the only accredited four-year bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the world.
Another historic and unprecedented achievement became official this fall with the approval
of Long Island University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (LIU-CVM) – the first in the New
York metropolitan area and only the fourth in the Northeast, joining the University of
Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Tufts University.
LIU-CVM received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance from the American Veterinary Medical
Association’s Council on Education (AVMA-COE). Receipt of the letter enables the University
to commence accepting applications for students who will begin the Doctor of Veterinary
Medicine (DVM) program in Fall 2020.
“We are extremely proud that LIU’s new College of Veterinary Medicine has met the high
standards of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education,” President
Kimberly R. Cline said. “The launch of our veterinary school further elevates LIU as we clearly
continue on our path to status as a nationally recognized teaching and research institution.”
Last May, LIU was awarded $12 million by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — as part of New York
State’s investment in transformational health care initiatives — to help establish Long Island
as a biotechnology research corridor.
“Opening the first veterinary college in the New York metropolitan area will help transform
the region and further contribute to Long Island’s life-sciences research corridor as well as
its economic health by creating jobs,” said Kevin Law, president and CEO of the Long Island
LIU-CVM has secured partnerships with more than 50 affiliates, including primary care and
specialty clinics, zoos, research laboratories, and animal shelters in order to enable DVM
students to gain real world experience in surgery, diagnostic support, intensive care, and
other areas critical for successful veterinary practice.
“LIU-CVM faculty, selected based on their strong reputation as scholars and educators,
are prepared to offer the highest quality education to the next generation of globally
competent, practice-ready and entrepreneurial veterinarians,” said LIU-CVM’s Dean and
award-winning educator, Dr. Carmen Fuentealba.
LIU-CVM’s world-class faculty will offer hands-on learning experiences through a unique
distributed education model featuring supervised clinical experiences throughout the first
four years of veterinary education.
“We are gratified that LIU will provide students and faculty the opportunity to lead
and advance veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Randy Burd, LIU’s Senior Vice President for
At full enrollment, the veterinary college will serve 400 students, with 100 in each