Texas Tech Receives $4.1 million to start Veterinary SchoolPress Release
LUBBOCK, TEXAS -- Texas Lawmakers approved a spending bill Saturday that includes $4.1 million for Texas Tech University to start a veterinary school. State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, who represents San Angelo, released a joint statement with Rep. Dustin Burrows and Rep. John Frullo both Republicans from Lubbock and Rep. John Smithee R-Amarillo.
The statement read, “…the lack of large animal veterinarians in Texas can have a devastating effect on our communities. The inclusion of $4.1 million in the state budget to establish a Veterinary School at Texas Tech University will go a long way in addressing that need.”
When Texas Tech announced in 2015 their plan to create a veterinary school, it was met with opposition from Texas A&M University. According to the Texas Tribune, Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said Saturday, “My congratulations to Sen. Charles Perry for getting it in the appropriations bill. The Coordinating board was against it. Even the Tech board opposed it. But he came in ‘guns up’ and got it for Tech.”
Original plans said the new Veterinary School would open in 2019 in Amarillo. Angelo State University is a member of the Texas Tech University System.