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Ten WTAMU Students Accepted to Veterinary Schools

May 12, 2017

CONTACT:    Dr. Dan Posey, 979-777-3514, dposey@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Ten WTAMU Students Accepted to Veterinary Schools

 

CANYON, Texas—Ten graduating students from the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at West Texas A&M University are making history and proving that the Serving Every Texan Every Day initiative works.  

The 10 students are pre-veterinary majors who have been accepted into veterinary schools—nine are heading to the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), and one will be attending the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. The 10 acceptances mark a historical milestone for WTAMU’s pre-veterinary program and illustrate the success of the partnership with CVM in Serving Every Texan Every Day through exceptional teaching, research and outreach.

“The Texas A&M University System is fulfilling the need for well-trained veterinarians throughout the state,” said A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “Congratulations to these 10 graduates, who are leading the way for many more veterinary students who will be coming out of West Texas A&M.”

A Memorandum of Agreement between the University and the CVM last year is part of the Texas Serving Every Texan Every Day initiative to expand veterinary medical education, research, undergraduate education and outreach through the state. The agreement provides up to five additional spots in each entering DVM class for five years for WTAMU students meeting requirements. It offers up to five positions, but other WTAMU students are encouraged to apply. WTAMU students made history this year when nine students were accepted through the agreement pipeline.

“We are pleased, but not surprised, by the early success of our initiative, which was the result of several years of planning and preparation,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine. “The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is committed to serving the needs of all of the diverse populations in Texas, certainly emphasizing rural communities and the livestock industries, and we are making good on that commitment.”

The student’s success in their pre-veterinary medicine program is supported by the hire of two new faculty members at WTAMU. Dr. Dee Griffin serves as director of the Texas Veterinary Medical Center at WTAMU, and Dr. Dan Posey serves as its academic coordinator. They advise, mentor and teach undergraduate pre-veterinary students for the DVM program. It’s a one-of-a-kind program designed to meet the needs of the unique regional veterinary, education and livestock health needs of the Panhandle region.

“I could not be more proud of these students and of all WT students that will cross the stage on Saturday,” Dr. Walter Wendler, University president, said. “To have this many students from a single class accepted into one of the premiere vet schools in the world is a testament to the quality of our students and our faculty. I expect that many of these students will find their way back to the Panhandle to practice once completing their DVM at A&M.”

The 10 WTAMU students who have been accepted to veterinary schools are listed by hometown.

Amarillo
Taylor Williams—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Austin
Kimberly Ussery—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Bryan
Charity Scroggs—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Coal Valley, Ill.
Sawyer Shattuck—University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

Crowley
Madison Burns—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Holliday
Larissa Dillard—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Houston
Meghan Hager—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Olton
Kristen White—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

San Antonio
Emily Howard—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Steph Moore—Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

—WTAMU—


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