New and Expanding Veterinary Schools in Texas
Groundbreaking occurred in December 2018 for a $90 million investment in the Veterinary Education, Research and Outreach (VERO) and new Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) facilities at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas, near Amarillo. The VERO facility will serve as a learning space to supplement externship programs in rural Texas and as a regional veterinary teaching center facilitating collaborative, multidisciplinary research among scientists from across the region. The Texas A&M VERO concept, facilities and outstanding faculty are positive steps in addressing some unmet needs of rural America and particularly, the Texas Panhandle.
On June 15, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill approving the state budget and $17.35 million in “startup” funds to help establish the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, Texas. These funds will add to the $90 million reportedly raised through private donations. Groundbreaking is expected by the end of 2019 and the opening is expected by 2021.
Texas is BIG! The new veterinary complexes will be closer to Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Colorado State than to the Texas A&M CVM in College Station.
How does a diehard Texas Aggie respond to this news of a new Texas Tech Veterinary School? Well, let’s just say it’s complicated. I like Tech sports teams and their fanatic fans the same way Fred Gingrich (as an Ohio State alum) loves Michigan. There is no love lost. Tech’s national excellence this year in basketball, track and baseball makes their alumni even more difficult to be around.