Arizona Legislature reconsiders veterinary science proposal

Shane Burgess, vice provost and dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, speaks at the dedication ceremony for the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. (Photo by Judy A Davis Photography)
Shane Burgess, vice provost and dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, speaks at the dedication ceremony for the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. (Photo by Judy A Davis Photography)

With the Arizona Legislature back in session, some in the UA community are hoping a proposed veterinary medical program will become a reality.

Though the UA currently allows students to spend four years taking prerequisites required for a veterinary degree, students must transfer to another school to finish their degree. The proposed program would allow students to finish their degree at the UA.

This will be the second legislative session the proposed program enters since it failed to be included in Gov. Jan Brewer’s 2013-14 budget request, according to Shane Burgess, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“We’ve worked around that hurdle, and now we’re back in the Legislature again,” Burgess said. “We absolutely believe that this plan is a very good thing for Arizona as a whole. We absolutely believe it’s an exceptionally good thing for Arizonans who want to become veterinarians … but we also understand that the Legislature has a bigger job to do.”

Last fall, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a $4.2 million recommendation to develop the four-year program. Burgess said there a curriculum and plan have been worked out for the program, and it is just awaiting funding from the governor and Legislature.

Read more from this January 21 Arizona Daily Wildcat article at the link below.

Date released: 
Feb 6 2014
Contact: 
Noble Jackson