State budget committee agrees to fund $17.4 million to Texas Tec

State budget committee agrees to fund $17.4 million to Texas Tech vet school

AUSTIN, Texas -

 

 

State lawmakers have cut a deal on the budget for the next two years, including millions for the Texas Tech vet school. 

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.

Chancellor Tedd Mitchell called it a historic initiative for Texas. 

"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," Mitchell said. "While the budget must receive final approval by both chambers and the Governor, I thank our legislators, especially our West Texas delegation, for their hard work and leadership to support this historic initiative for our state."

Right now in Texas there's about 6,600 veterinarians. Fewer than 200 of those are large animal vets. 

The $90 million facility is planned to be built in Amarillo. The Texas Tech Board of Regents discussed it in its five year facility plan.

Former Chancellor Kent Hance called the vet school "a done deal" in a tweet. 

 

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