Texas Tech breaks ground on historic new School of Veterinary Medicine
By: George Watson
Administrators and officials from Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center broke ground today (Sept. 19) for the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. This is a milestone ceremony that brings about the state of Texas' first new school of veterinary medicine in more than 100 years.
The school, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, is expected to enroll its first class in Fall 2021. The turning of dirt symbolized the culmination of years of dedication and hard work that will result in a program designed to address the imperative need for rural and large-animal veterinarians.
"This groundbreaking celebrates an achievement that symbolizes the best of what can result from cooperation that captures the synergies between education, city and state government, industry and individuals of exceptional vision and generosity," said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. "This is a proud day for our state, West Texas and Texas Tech."
The academic building will be named the School of Veterinary Medicine Amarillo Campus. In addition, a separate set of facilities that will serve as the large-animal focal point of the school will be named the School of Veterinary Medicine Mariposa Station. Together, these facilities support the school's instruction, research and outreach mission.
The two-story academic building will consist of two learning wings. The east wing will consist of three large classrooms, breakout rooms and office suites on the first floor, with leadership and faculty offices and graduate study and work rooms on the second floor. The west wing will consist of laboratory and research spaces, as well as locker rooms, surgery suites, housing for small animals and support rooms for anatomy and pathology instruction. The west wing will also include a lobby where veterinary partners can drop off animals for examination and surgical procedures.
The School of Veterinary Medicine will enroll an initial class of approximately 60
students. According to officials, the model eliminates the need for a costly teaching
hospital, and instead partners with the community of veterinary practices across the
state to provide clinical learning through collaboration.
The program also is designed to support graduate students involved in advanced research.
Texas Tech leaders stressed that the model will recruit and select students with a passion to practice and succeed in small, agricultural and regional communities and utilize a curriculum focused on the competencies and skills necessary to be successful in practices that support these communities.
CONTACT: William Brown, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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