Texas Tech University breaks ground on School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo

(JACKIE:) TEXAS TECH SCHOOL OFFICIALS WERE IN AMARILLO TO CELEBRATE THE LATEST MILESTONE FOR THE VETERINARY SCHOOL. (ANDY:) THANKS FOR JOINING US. KAMR LOCAL FOUR’S JASON BRITSCH HAS MORE ON THE BIG DAY THAT’S BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING. (ANDY:) HERE’S TONIGHT’S TOP STORY… FROM YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQARTERS. (JASON BRITSCH REPORTING:) “NATS 1,2,3 CLAPPING” TODAY WAS A DAY THAT’S BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING, THE GROUNDBREAKING OF THE TEXAS TECH VETERINARY SCHOOL RIGHT HERE IN AMARILLO (DR. LAWRENCE SCHOVANEC/PRESIDENT-TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY):”It truly is a historic day for west Texas, Texas and Texas Tech.” (DR. GUY LONERAGAN/DEAN-TEXAS TECH SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE):”Today is about the students and not just the ones that were here but the one for generations to come and that really is the most awesome responsibility to get it right for them.” AND A VET SCHOOL HERE IN TEXAS IS SOMETHING THAT SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY COULDN’T COME AT A BETTER TIME. (DR. TEDD MITCHELL/CHANCELLOR-TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM):”We’ve had an unfortunate situation where our students have had to actually leave the state to get educated elsewhere because of the limited capacity of educational access in the state, we look to help resolve that. This is the first public veterinary school in the country in four decades, it’s the first vet school in the state in over a century. For the university it’s a milestone but the focus is really on the communities we serve and the students that will be coming through.” THE 180-THOUSAND FOOT FACILITY WILL HOUSE ALL THE CLASSROOMS AND OFFICES, WITH AN ADDITIONAL LARGE ANIMAL FACILITY LOCATED A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO MILES AWAY AND BE NAMED THE SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, MARIPOSA STATION. BUT AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH ONE SINGLE STEP. (SCHOVANEC):”This is the culmination of a long journey. It’s just one more step I think in the dream that many have had in a long time.” IN AMARILLO, JASON BRITSCH KAMR LOCAL FOUR NEWS. (ANDY:) THE SCHOOL’S ANTICIPATED COMPLETION DATE IS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2021 WITH THE FIRST GROUP OF STUDENTS TO COME THROUGH IN THE FALL OF THAT YEAR. MITCHELL SAYS THAT CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN ON THE FACILITIES IN THE COMING WEEKS. (ANDY:) FOR MORE ON THE VETERINARY SCHOOL, YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE, MY HIGH PLAINS.COM. (JACKIE:) STUDENTS WITH AMARILLO I-S-D HAVE SOME MORE OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING A P-E

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