Vernal lawmaker making pitch for USU vet school

A Vernal lawmaker and practicing veterinarian says Utah should act now on a proposal to establish a veterinary school at Utah State University. The proposal, which has been endorsed by the State Board of Regents, would create a partnership with Washington State University.Students would complete half of the program at USU and the other half at Washington State. The partnership would greatly reduce the program’s costs according to Noelle Cockett, Dean of the USU College of Education.According to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, committee members took no action on the proposal and expressed concern about funding. State Representative John Mathis, Republican from Vernal, said the program would be valuable not only because Utah is recruiting out-of-state vets, but also because it would give USU opportunities for research and attract new faculty.

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