No one was happier when the Utah legislature approved a $1.7 million veterinary school partnership between Utah State University and Washington State University than Kenneth White, head of the department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at USU. White says much of his time has been spent working on the proposal since he was named department head almost three years ago. He is pleased that the lawmakers saw it as a great opportunity.”They were able to see that this was a tremendous opportunity, that the infrastructure and resources at Utah State have developed to the point where this really made a lot of sense,” White said. “It also was very simple for them to see the fact that, under the current model that we had in the state of Utah, we were not providing great enough access to the students who had the desire to become veterinarians and choose that career.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, White said once signed into law the new Doctor of Veterinary Science program will accept 30 students a year, 20 of them in-state residents. Students in the program will spend the first two years at USU and finish their last two years, including clinical studies, at Washington State.The same week the Utah legislature approved the partnership, White was honored by his colleagues as Utah State University’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor.Known for his cutting-edge research, White was a partner with University of Idaho researchers several years ago in a successful mule cloning project. White says the mules have done very well. Two of the three raced until their retirement with one placing third in the world.”It was a great project and we learned a lot,” White says of the cloning project. “We learned that those animals are very strong, their stamina is excellent, that they perform as well as their control counterparts. So that was very important research.”White says cloning work is continuing at USU. He is currently collaborating with a colleague, Chris Davies, a member of the Veterinary School faculty, on a National Institute of Health grant using cattle to study human placenta insufficiency.
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