AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine will soon be ready to start accepting applications.
On Tuesday at the TTUHSC campus, it was announced that next week students will be able to start submitting application material to the vet school.
The interview process will start in January or February of next year to bring in the first class of the veterinary school.
“The key thing about our vet school, we have a very narrow mission. We’re focused on rural and regional communities and the success of that is going to be driven by the students we admit into the program,” said Dr. Guy Loneragan, the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine Dean.
Dr. Loneragan said the program is focused on rural and regional communities.
Dr. Loneragan said a regional area like Amarillo needs large animal vets as much as they need small animal vets.
“We have to produce vets that are willing to work on any animal small to large, but the key thing is they work and become part of rural and regional communities and really serve those communities in the long term,” said Dr. Loneragan.
Dr. Loneragan said they have hired two dozen faculty and multiple staff members to shape the vet school.
The American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education has issued the school a letter of reasonable assurance. Reasonable assurance means if the school follows its detailed plan, it has reasonable assurance it will meet the standards and future accreditation.
An initiative that was announced in December 2015, the School of Veterinary Medicine has received support from both communities, veterinarians and so many others from across Texas as well as the Texas Legislature and administration. Ground was broken on the site of the school in September 2019 and construction is on schedule. The school will welcome its very first class of veterinary students in the fall of 2021.
Texas Tech officials said that construction is on time and on budget to be ready for the first day of school come August 2021.
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