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ACADEMICS An early conceptual image of the Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach (VERO) facility

“The VERO facility will be the most cost-effective and innovative game-changer in support of rural veterinary medicine in the Texas Panhandle.” - DEAN ELEANOR M. GREEN

Taking Shape Story by DR. MEGAN PALSA

The Texas A&M University System’s effort to build the

strongest livestock program in the nation moved threesteps forward in December as officials broke ground on two new facilities and announced the hiring of one of the top large animal veterinarians in the world at WT. Chancellor Sharp joined local elected officials to break ground on the new Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach (VERO) facility, as well as the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL). “The groundbreakings are the culmination of our $90 million investment in the future of large animal health in the Panhandle,” said John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “This investment—and the buildings we are breaking ground on here today—ensure The Texas A&M University System continues to not only meet but exceed the needs of this region and the state in the future.” The VERO facility will serve as a learning space to supplement externship programs in rural Texas. The more than 22,000-square-foot facility, budgeted at $22 million, will be a regional veterinary teaching center that will facilitate collaborative, multidisciplinary research among 14 | CVM TODAY // SPRING 2019

scientists from across the region. Dr. Paul Morley will serve as the director of research at the VERO facility, Sharp announced. “Dr. Morley is one of the best-respected large animal veterinarians in the world,” Sharp said. “His presence brings instant prestige to the VERO facility’s efforts.” A Nevada native, Morley is accustomed to raising cattle and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Washington State University. He specializes in epidemiology and has been a professor at Colorado State University for the past 20 years. “I'm really looking forward to showing all levels of students how exciting research can be and how important it is for the future of agriculture and the future of veterinary medicine,” Morley said. “The Panhandle is one of the true jewels in the world, in regard to opportunities for intensive animal production and all of the work and careers that go along with that.” Adjacent to the VERO facility, the TVMDL facility, budgeted at $17.6 million, will feature all of the latest technology to provide the best in diagnostic capabilities.

CVM Today Spring 2019  

A semi-annual publication for the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical...

CVM Today Spring 2019  

A semi-annual publication for the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical...