Texas Tech will continue to work on their plans for a new vet school for the next year and a half.
A few months ago, the Texas Tech Board of Regents voted to put the veterinary school on hold.
But now they are looking to move forward.
Chancellor Robert Duncan says they put the school on hold because of a lack of funding.
“After the pause the leadership I think in this region, the leadership in the house and the senate, our strong delegation basically they got money in the budget as a planning grant for us to explore the possibility of establishing a college of veterinary medicine in this region,” said Duncan.
Now, through Senate Bill 1, $4.1 million is going to help Tech open the vet school.
“We will be working with our board for the next year and a half to wisely utilize those funds to make a case for a college of veterinary medicine with a different type of model than the traditional model,” said Duncan.
Duncan says they will be looking for more support to be able to show that the school is necessary for the area.
“The need that is being addressed is large animal, food animal and rural.”
He adds, “you would want to put a vet school like this in the epicenter of food animal production which I believe Amarillo is.”
Duncan says they will continue to work to cross all of the T’s and dot the I’s before making any set plans.
Duncan says they hope to have a plan within the next year and a half to show that the school is economically and academically sound for the area.
He tells us there is a lot of support from the industry in the area.