LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Support is building as we wait for a decision on the funding of the Texas Tech vet school.
Today, Amarillo Matters launched a grassroots campaign to unify that support in order to push the project through the finish line.
Steve Pair of Amarillo Matters said there is a lot of support for the vet school.
“We want to provide people with a single place to go, unmetvetdemand.com, to go and really show that support and then engage with the project.”
Pair said the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine will increase educational opportunities available to students in Texas and meet a demand in the industry.
“There’s a lot of students who would rather stay in Texas, who live in Texas, who would rather stay in Texas to get their education and go into the vet school that simply don’t have that opportunity right now. And, so they’re having to go out of the state or out of the country to get that education,” Pair said.
The project is going through the legislative process for funding right now, so Pair said it’s time to bring supporters together to achieve the requested amount in order to take the next step.
“I think the more that we can unify that support and highlight all the support that’s out there. Especially West Texas, many of the people who live in rural West Texas, they deal with this every day, they know why it’s so important,” Pair said.
Eddie McBride, the President and CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, said the support from this region will show lawmakers in Austin how important the vet school is.
“The information is irrefutable when it comes to the need for this vet school in Texas,” McBride said.
McBride said the rural vet need is number one for all of Texas, but we will specifically see a growth in the West Texas economy from the school in Amarillo, as well as from the additional rural vets.
“We think the demand is there, we think the need is there, and we think Texas Tech has done a wonderful job developing both the structure, as well as the financing to make this work. And, we need these rural vets,” McBride said.