Texas lawmakers under pressure to get Texas Tech Vet School deal

Texas lawmakers under pressure to get Texas Tech Vet School deal done

With the plans for the Texas Tech Veterinarian School still in conference, many are left wondering when, or if, it will be completed before the legislative session ends. 

However, Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) said he is confident a deal will get done. 

"You don't try to predict outcomes, but we're pretty confident at this time that the vet school is where it needs to be in the budget process," Sen. Perry said.

Needless to say, Sen. Perry said the school would be huge for the Amarillo, its projected location.

"This particular program will encourage rural kids that want to have that professional opportunity will be made available to them having that vet school in the Amarillo area, so we're just really confident that we're sitting in the right place at the right time," Sen. Perry said.

According to a 2016 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board report, there is not a licensed veterinarian in more than 30 rural Texas counties.

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce President Eddie McBride said the school would help keep veterinarians in the state, a critical need for the cattle and ranching industry. 

"This is going to be a great opportunity for both students to become vets not only in West Texas, but throughout rural areas of Texas and all of Texas," McBride said.

Currently on the budget committee table, lawmakers have until May 27 to get a deal done.

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