LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As the 86th Legislature passes the halfway point this week, the most important issue to Lubbock and Texas Tech is the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine.
With almost a quarter million farms and ranches in this state, Texas imports most of its veterinarians. We’re told fewer than 25 percent of the state’s newly licensed veterinarians graduate from the one and only vet school in the state.
Now is the time to add a veterinary school that aims to provide large animal veterinary training to serve the needs of our region and our state.
At this point, funding appears secure in the House budget bill. To this point, it has not appeared in the Senate budget bill and faces tough opposition from politically powerful Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp.
But the Chancellor of A&M has no business dictating the programs at Texas Tech and the need for veterinarians in this state cannot be denied. We need Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to use his leadership to ensure Texas Tech’s vet school is fully funded in the Senate budget.
Consider this … a Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine is critical to this region and this state.
If you agree with me, take a moment to call or email Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and encourage him to fund the Tech Vet School. Let’s make our voices heard in Austin.
Lieutenant Governor’s Message Line - 512-463-5342
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‘Consider This’ is a commentary by KCBD Vice-President and General Manager Dan Jackson.