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Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Hosts Congressman Bill Flores

Posted May 19, 2016

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Congressman Bill Flores, Dr. Eleanor M. Green, and Student Ambassador Alex Casas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – U.S. Representative Bill Flores visited the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) on May 3. The CVM was honored to host Congressman Flores’ first tour of the CVM’s facilities. He toured the Small Animal Hospital, the Diagnostic Imaging & Cancer Treatment Center, the Large Animal Hospital, the Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) vehicles, and caught a glimpse of the new Veterinary Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC). He learned about the many ways the world-renowned veterinary college serves Texas and impacts the nation.

Flores is serving in his third term representing the 17th Congressional District of Texas, which covers portions of Central Texas from Waco to Bryan/College Station to north Austin. For the 114th Congress, Flores was elected by his fellow conservative colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest caucus in the U.S. Congress and an influential group of House Republicans committed to economic opportunity, national security, fiscal responsibility, American values, and limited government. Additionally, Flores serves on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“It was educational for me to be able to tour the Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences facility and to learn more about the great work and incredible advancements being done in animal medicine,” Flores said. “My visit was informative, interesting, and fun. The work taking place at the college is helping shape the future of the 21st Century for both animal and human healthcare.”

Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine, and Michael O’Quinn, vice president for government relations at the Texas A&M University System were present to host Congressman Flores, as he toured the CVM facilities. “We were truly honored to welcome Congressman Flores to the CVM,” Green said. “He always takes the time to interact with his constituents, whether in Washington D.C. or in College Station. At the CVM, he took time to speak with our students, staff, and faculty. He toured our hospitals, saw our latest technology, visited our emergency veterinary trailers, and even had a chance to meet a few of our clients. This visit was an excellent follow up to his presence and speaking role at the legislative reception in D.C. this past March in recognition of the CVM Centennial.”

Congressman Flores was provided a brochure outlining the details of the CVM’s Texas Veterinary Medical Center (TVMC) statewide partnerships designed for “Serving Every Texan Every Day.” The TVMC network includes partnerships between the CVM and four Texas A&M System universities: West Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Tarleton State University to meet all of the veterinary needs in Texas through education, research, outreach, and undergraduate collaborations in these regions of the state.

“We welcomed the opportunity to discuss our college with Congressman Flores as we continue to address the needs of the veterinary profession across the state,” Green said. “Our goal was to introduce him to both the depth and breadth of what all we do here at the CVM as well as how the CVM serves and impacts Texas.”

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Contact Information: Megan Palsa; mpalsa@cvm.tamu.edu; 979-862-4216; 979-421-3121 (cell)



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