Texas Tech University Receives $69 Million For New Veterinary School

Plans for the country’s 31st veterinary college are underway.
Amanda Carrozza
Published: May 10, 2018
Texas Tech UniversityPlans for the Texas Tech University Veterinary School in Amarillo, which have been underway since 2015, have received a major financial push in the right direction.

Yesterday, the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation announced that it would pledge up to $69 million to ensure the construction and operation of the new veterinary school. Including private funding and previous donations, these funds will act as a financial guarantee for the $90 million project.

The new veterinary college will be built on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus, which is already home to the schools of pharmacy and medicine.

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"We're the only place in the nation that will now have all three of those on a single campus," Jason Herrick, chairman of the steering committee for the new Amarillo veterinary school, said. "To me, that means we're going to be on the forefront of research and development opportunities.”

Upon completion, the new school will become the 31st veterinary college in the United States. It’s anticipated that classes for aspiring veterinarians will begin in the fall of 2021. 

"Texas has a severe shortage of rural veterinarians who are crucial to the foundations of our economy, the vibrancy of our communities and the safety of our food supply," Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan said in a statement about the new veterinary college. "There is no better place to transform the future of veterinary education and answer this call than in Amarillo, the heart of our nation's livestock production."

The new veterinary school will add an estimated $76 million annually to the Amarillo economy. As one of the largest employers in the area, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center currently has a $166 million impact on the city's economy each year. 

Earlier this year, Texas A&M University announced plans for a $22.8 million building for veterinary education, research and workforce opportunities to be built on its West Texas campus. With an anticipated completion data of 2020, the new Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach Center will provide students from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences with the opportunity to take courses, participate in externship programs and conduct research.
 
Texas Tech University’s faculty are optimistic about the impact both additions will have on the veterinary community.

"I have a high level of confidence that one of our best partners will be West Texas A&M University," Herrick said. "Both for our students and for the opportunities to develop with faculty and for research opportunities that will come up between the two universities."

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