Texas Tech hopes to tackle the need for more veterinarians in Te

Texas Tech hopes to tackle the need for more veterinarians in Texas

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The Texas higher Education Coordinating Board reports that there's a critical need for large animal veterinarians state wide. There are competitive initiatives to address it including Texas Tech's school of Veterinary Medicine to be built in Amarillo.

"We are making a lot of progress on philanthropy and securing the funds to build the infrastructure," said Guy Loneragan, a Texas Tech professor in the Animal & Food Sciences Department. "The city of Amarillo has committed up to 69 million dollars and that back stops basically at 90 million dollar construction budget." 

The Texas legislature's set aside 4.2 million dollars for planning purposes. Texas A&M is currently the only university in the state that has a vet school, but Loneragan said the states growth has exceeded the capacity that this one institution can meet. 

"So in building our program in Amarillo that is really focused on agriculture communities across Texas it compliments what A&M has done so well in the past,' said Loneragan. "So we are meeting a specific need that is not being met at the moment." 

The traditional model of veterinary education builds a teaching hospital, it works great, but Texas Tech is using a new model that's more efficient and cost effective to make this model successful you have to redesign the curriculum to properly prepare these future vets. 

"Our goal boils down to four simple things," said Loneragan. "We select students from agricultural communities, giving them a curriculum to be successful in those communities, giving them experimental learning in the communities we want them to go and building that support structure once they get out." 

Loneragan said there are more Texans leaving the state for vet school than there are students staying. He hopes this new approach will change that and bring future vet students to Texas.


 


 

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