The Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo is much closer to becoming a reality as a big hurdle is cleared by state legislators.
The Texas legislature’s conference committee voted today to approve a general appropriations bill which includes operational funding for the veterinary school.
The committee wrapped up late this afternoon.
However, all is not said and done yet. There are still a couple of hurdles to clear before the vet school is a go, but this is a big win for Texas Tech University and for Amarillo.
The conference committee has sided with the House’s version of House Bill 1, granting TTU approximately $13 million in operational funding for the vet school.
$4 million was already allocated during the previous legislative session, bringing the total now to more than $17 million.
Texas Tech University System Chancellor, Dr. Tedd Mitchell released a statement.
“We are grateful to the budget conferees for providing funding and legislative direction to establish a veterinary school at Texas Tech in Amarillo, which will address the critical need for veterinarians and provide more opportunities for affordable education in Texas.”
The Conference Committee for the state’s budget voted to include $17.4 million to establish a vet school at Texas Tech University. The full budget will go to the House and Senate to concur on the changes to the budget before it heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature.
A group of legislators issued this statement:
“The Legislature has always recognized the value of a robust and competitive university system when it comes to meeting the needs of a growing state that has an integral role in the success of the nation and global economy.
The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine (TTUSOVM) will help address the shortage of large and mixed animal veterinarian’s in rural parts of the state.
The addition of the vet school will enhance the ability to meet the demand for a growing population and secure the food supply. The school will begin to address the hundreds of applicants that are leaving the State of Texas for a more costly education and coming back to practice in their home state with upwards of $250,000 in debt due to an out of state tuition.
This is a great day for future veterinarians of this great state and for the entire country.
We want to thank all of the people who made this dream a reality—beginning with former Texas Tech System Chancellors Robert Duncan and Kent Hance, Chancellor Tedd Mitchell, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec, fellow legislators and the thousands of others who supported the vet school. As usual, trusting in the process to do what is right for the citizens of this great state has once again been fulfilled.”
With the addition of the vet school, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo would be the only campus in the U.S. with a pharmacy, medical, and veterinary school altogether.
Legislators who issued the joint statement included: Sen. Charles Perry, Senate District 28, Sen. Kel Seliger, Senate District 31, Rep. Dustin Burrows, House District 83, Rep. John Frullo, House District 84, Rep. Ken King, House District 88, Rep. Four Price, House District 87, Rep. John T. Smithee, House District 86, and Rep. Drew Springer, House District 68.