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COLLEGE STATION, TX - In a recent landmark
report, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) made
significant recommendations to the state legislature which address
the shortage of food and fiber (large animal) veterinarians, as
well as the need to address recruitment of students from
underrepresented groups - a nationwide problem.
The THECB conducted a comparative study of veterinary medical
education utilizing data from multiple veterinary medical
organizations and consultants from veterinary medical academia
around the country. The conclusions for the most efficient way to
address the future of the veterinary medical education in the State
of Texas were 1) that at this time no new veterinary medical school
was needed, 2) the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences (CVM) should be offered the resources
necessary to continue and expand their efforts to promote food and
fiber animal practice, 3) recruiting students from underrepresented
groups should be a top priority, and 4) formula funding should be
restored to THECB recommendations..
"We have worked very diligently to educate and graduate the very
best entry level veterinarian possible through a four-year
program," said Dr. H. Richard Adams, Carl B. King Dean of
veterinary medicine. "In addition, we have implemented programs and
strategies that have enabled us to be responsive to and proactive
in addressing the future needs of the profession. The need for
increased diversity and the shortage of rural practitioners are two
pressing concerns for our profession, and we hope that the THECB
report will serve to highlight those needs to our legislature."
The THECB report noted that the CVM had initiated mentoring
programs to support veterinary medical students interested in rural
practice and large animal medicine, as well that the college had
been able to keep tuition rates low when compared to the top 10
most populous states.
The report from the THECB is sent to the legislature, who will
ultimately decide how best to implement the recommendations stated
in the report.
"Should the legislature agree to follow through on the
conclusions from this report with funding, the CVM would be able to
reinvest in our infrastructure which would make a significant
impact on our college and its contribution to the profession,"
added Adams. "We appreciate the thoroughness of the THECB report
and the opportunities it presents for solving the growing demands
of the veterinary medical profession by its recommendations for
support for veterinary medical education in Texas.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
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