New Texas Tech vet school set to re-energize rural economy

New Texas Tech vet school set to re-energize rural economy

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AMARILLO, Texas -

Leaders from Texas Tech and across West Texas made history this week by breaking ground on the first Texas vet school in a century.

The new campus will be located in Amarillo -- with an opening date set for the fall of 2021.

Texas Tech Chancellor Tedd Mitchell said the biggest thing this school does for West Texas is that it re-energizes the rural economy, filling much-needed shortages in the agricultural industry.

"When you look at rural veterinarians, the cattlemen, dairy, and all of the things we rely upon as Americans for our day-to-day foods and day-to-day existence, it starts in places just like this," Mitchell said.

In addition, State Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) said the school's impact will not just be huge for West Texas, but it will reach the national level. 

"Veterinary and drug people want research done here. We'd like to see the products of their research done here, and Tech, in some respects, will be the hub for that," Sen. Seliger said.

Former Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan said this accomplishment was in large part due to the leadership of Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. 
    
"Mayor Nelson needs to be congratulated. She did a really great job taking this thing by the horns and understanding the regionalism that was necessary to get this done. She did a nice job of pulling mayors and chambers together to make this a regional issue in the legislature, as opposed to a one-city or one-university issue," Duncan said. 

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