Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo received a donation of $ 350,000 from Bank of America to build and support a new world-class veterinary school to address the growing shortage of veterinary resources in the region.
The 185,000 square foot two-story facility currently under construction will welcome its first students later this year. When fully implemented, the school is expected to accommodate more than 450 veterinary and graduate students, according to a press release from Texas Tech.
While the veterinary studies program is firmly focused on general veterinary practice in rural and regional communities, the graduate program will produce scientists who will provide solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
âOur facilities are truly world class,â said Guy Loneragan, Dean of SVM. âThey will be a fantastic academic home for our students, staff and faculty. We are so grateful to our community, the region as a whole, and Bank of America for making these facilities and our programs a reality. This donation will help create a premier space for students and support essential programs and recruiting efforts across the region. “
SVM is expected to generate more than $ 75 million in revenue annually for the region and create approximately 375 new jobs. Located in the region responsible for producing nearly a quarter of the country’s beef, the school’s programs and research elements will support sustainability efforts in the livestock industry. The school’s unique geographic location will allow it to serve as the closest veterinary school for students from five states that support large animal agriculture.
All are facing veterinary shortages.
âAmarillo is a very special community, and everyone here knows how important the quality of animal care is to our economy,â said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “This school gives Amarillo a competitive advantage and opens the door to a wide range of opportunities for students, farmers, researchers and many more.”
SVM’s mission can be summed up to support the veterinary service and educational needs of rural and regional communities, and to provide access to affordable, world-class education. To achieve this mission, the school implements a three-pronged strategy based on targeted admissions, curriculum orientation and experiential learning.
In its admissions process, the school preferably recruits and admits students with deep life experiences rooted in rural and regional communities in Texas and New Mexico. This includes many underserved communities with a large Latin American population. This important part of Texas fabric has always been under-represented in veterinary medicine.
To better fulfill its mission, the school implements programs to improve cultural skills. These will inform approaches, for example, to more effectively recruit students from communities on the South Texas border, refine the admissions process to identify students with huge potential but who may not have had the opportunity to take pre-veterinary programs at larger comprehensive universities, and design educational models to help veterinary students develop their Spanish skills to communicate effectively with clients or animal care providers for whom English is the second language.
The school’s cultural competency initiatives are funded in part by the donation from the Bank of America and the SVM Cultural Competence Council headed by Assistant Professor Arlene Garcia and Professor LÃ¡szlÃ³ Hunyadi.
âThe School of Veterinary Medicine at Texas Tech University will serve as a social and economic anchor for Amarillo, the region and our state,â said W. Ashley Allen, president of Bank of America in Amarillo. âGroundbreaking research and education on the animal-human interface will benefit all societies and animal welfare. Our philanthropic investment will pay dividends for years to come, supporting economic mobility and strengthening rural jobs for the region.
This anchor donation is Bank of America’s largest donation in the region to date and is part of its goal to advance economic mobility by supporting nonprofit organizations serving education. , manpower, community development and basic needs.