Only program of its kind in Western New York
Daemen College and Lincoln Memorial University have formed a unique educational collaboration that will pave the way for Western New York students to earn a doctor of veterinary medicine. It is the only program of its kind available at a Buffalo/Niagara institution, one of only three in the Northeast, and the first formal agreement like this LMU has established with another institution.
A memorandum of agreement was officially signed April 20 by Daemen President Gary A. Olson; Dr. Glen F. Hoffsis, dean of the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine; and Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. The accelerated program will be launched this fall.
"We are thrilled to establish this joint effort with Lincoln Memorial University and to implement our shared vision to expand educational offerings that utilize the expertise and resources of both our institutions," Olson said. "With this dual degree program, we've created an attractive new option for college students in the Buffalo/Niagara region who aspire to have a career in veterinary medicine."
Established in 2014, LMU's veterinary medicine degree is an emerging program at the well-established institution and one of only 30 DVM programs offered across the U.S. As one of the newest programs in the country, it has received provisional accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.
"We are excited to enter into this agreement with Daemen College," Hoffsis said. "LMU is proud of its new College of Veterinary Medicine and we are pleased to provide an opportunity for Daemen students to follow their dream of becoming a veterinarian."
Under the agreement, Daemen students will attend the Amherst-based college for three years and then advance to the four-year veterinary medicine program at LMU in Harrogate, Tennessee. Upon completion of their first year at LMU, students will earn a bachelor's in natural sciences from Daemen and continue with their veterinary studies, which will lead to a DVM from Lincoln Memorial University.
Daemen and LMU are institutions known for having robust, high-quality programs in the health professions. Brogan noted, "By building on Daemen's strengths in preparing professionals in a range of health care disciplines, we are well-positioned to partner with LMU to offer an accelerated doctor of veterinary medicine degree. This collaborative effort will enhance the breadth of our academic programs, and we believe this new educational offering will be of great interest to our students."
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary medicine employment is expected to have a steady growth, with the greatest increase in farm medical care and in federal government in the areas of food safety, animal health and public health.
The Daemen-LMU joint program was made possible with the support of Chason Affinity Companies.
Daemen College is a private college located in Amherst. With nearly 3,000 students, the college provides a balance between a strong liberal arts foundation and solid career preparation set in a student-centered learning environment.
Visit daemen.edu for more information.
Lincoln Memorial University's College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the university's division of health sciences and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment.
For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150, or visit vetmed.LMUnet.edu.