A partnership between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and four other A&M System schools was announced, Jan. 28, in a move designed to further veterinary education throughout Texas.
While its pinnacle is in a new teaching complex at College Station, the project’s strength is sourced less in bricks than it is in collaboration.
The Texas A&M University System plans to outline veterinary medicine throughout the state.
Dr. Steven Tallant, president of TAMUK, remarked, “We are excited to be a part of this collaborative initiative. We are in the very early stages of shaping this program, which seeks to fulfill a need for skilled veterinarians across the state.” It is an initiative that thrives on relationships with each school, playing to their individual strengths. TAMUK is tethered with Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), West Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, and Tarleton State University.
A portion of light coming from TAMUK is its concentration on wildlife. According to Tallant, “We were selected to participate because of our veterinary technology program and our well-known Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.”
While the extent of the institute’s involvement is not yet defined, Dr. George A. Rasmussen, dean and professor of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, notes that, “Since our expertise is wildlife, we anticipate that our contribution to the initiative will involve educational components related to wildlife that are helpful in training veterinarians across the state.”
Though information will sharpen as the initiative develops, the opportunity for a fellowship of knowledge among students from partnering universities is lucid. As Tallant notes, “Our Vet Tech s
tudents potentially have much to gain from this partnership. Access to top-notch faculty and resources will help prepare our students to continue their education in veterinary medicine should they chose to do so.”
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