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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will consider proposal for new Veterinarian school

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Last December, The Texas Tech University System announced a plan to develop a College of Veterinary Medicine on the Health Sciences Center Campus in Amarillo.

Thursday, Tech’s goal of creating this college moved one step closer following a meeting of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin.

We spoke with Guy Loneragan, the interim president for research and a professor of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University.

He says today the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved two recommendations, one of those being they would consider a proposal for a new innovative and cost efficient veterinarian school for the state.

Loneragan says the board sees a growing need for a vet school designed to specifically produce large animal veterinarians.

He says Texas Tech’s proposal directly lines with what the higher education board seems to be looking for.

Chancellor Robert Duncan represented Texas Tech at the THECB meeting and spoke to the board, giving them an update on the university’s plans.

“The Higher Education Coordinating Board really told us that there is a need and a recommendation to consider a new vet school,” Loneragan said.

“We need to think about innovative approaches to address the worsening need of producing more vets that will serve the rural needs of Texas including the large animal needs,” he said. “It’s up to us now to fulfill that innovative approach and provide them with a plan that they can approve and we can implement.”

Loneragan says they are still working towards the goal of opening the college in the fall of 2019.

He says the next steps include asking the legislature for support in establishing the college as well as beginning to create the curriculum.

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