By CBS3 Staff

GLASSBORO, N.J. (CBS) — Rowan University is expanding its academic offerings, and the school held a ceremony Wednesday morning to celebrate.

Rowan is planning to open a School of Veterinary Medicine at its Gloucester campus on Tanyard Road in Sewell. 

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In addition to people, lots of animals were on hand for Wednesday’s announcement.

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Officials say the school will address increased national demand for veterinarians and other animal health professionals.

“These bright young people, when you go away, you don’t come back, that’s a fact,” New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney said. “And so, leveraging our institutes of higher education to grow our economy to make this region of the state stronger was a no brainer.”

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Currently, there are just 33 veterinary schools in the nation and only five on the east coast.