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Texas A&M University Welcomes Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Posted February 26, 2016

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick visited the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) on Feb. 15. The CVM was honored to host Lieutenant Governor Patrick’s first tour of the CVM’s facilities, share with him the many ways the world-renowned veterinary college serves Texas and impacts Texans, and learn more about his vision for Texas.

"Texas A&M is one of the great Universities in our nation and arguably has the finest veterinary college in the world. I really enjoyed my visit. It was informative, interesting, and fun,” said Lieutenant Governor Patrick.

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young, and Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine were present to host Lieutenant Governor Patrick, as he toured the CVM facilities.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome our state leaders to campus and to demonstrate the myriad of ways that The Texas A&M University System is serving Texans,” said Chancellor Sharp. “I am particularly proud of the CVM and its expanding mission as it celebrates its 100th year of service.”

Lieutenant Governor Patrick was provided details of the CVM’s “Serving Every Texan Every Day” initiative. The initiative 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. These strategic partnerships will meet all of the veterinary needs of Texas through education, research, outreach, and undergraduate collaborations in these regions of the state.

“We greatly appreciated Lt. Gov. Patrick giving us the opportunity to show him firsthand some of the splendid veterinary programs being conducted here at Texas A&M benefitting both animals and humans,” said Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. “Also, we welcomed the opportunity to discuss with him what we’re doing around the state to serve the livestock industry as well as to aid those involved with other domesticated animals. The strategic partnerships we are developing will comprise educational, research, and outreach components tailored to address the needs of the veterinary profession across the state.”

Lieutenant Governor Patrick was also briefed on the scope of expertise in One Health at Texas A&M, including the CVM and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Dr. Craig Nessler, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and Dr. Scott Lillibridge, professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, discussed planned initiatives to address Zika virus.

“Our goal was to introduce Lieutenant Governor Patrick to both the depth and breadth of what we do here at the CVM, learn more about his vision for Texas, and determine how our work aligns with his vision for Texas,” said Dr. Green. “The Serving Every Texan Every Day initiative is one area of obvious mutual benefit.”

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



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