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Amarillo National Bank honored by Texas Tech for gifts to Vet School

Texas Tech University will recognize Amarillo National Bank for their philanthropic support of the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine coming to Amarillo. (File Photo)

Texas Tech University will recognize Amarillo National Bank for their philanthropic support of the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine coming to Amarillo.

Tech officials such as Texas Tech University System Interim Chancellor and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell and TTU President Lawrence Schovanec will honor ANB for committing their supporting to the Vet School.

“William Ware and Amarillo National Bank personify the sense of vision and leadership that are so essential to an initiative like this,” Schovanec said. “This community and this region have a long history of benefiting from Amarillo National Bank, as has the industry the veterinary school will serve. Their leadership is so essential for laying the foundation for the veterinary school.”

Amarillo National Bank President William Ware and other representatives will be in attendance at Monday's event.

Amarillo National Bank joins Caviness Beef Packers, Happy State Bank and Cactus Feeders as philanthropic leaders that have recognized the need for and are supporting the establishment of the School of Veterinary Medicine, which is designed to address the need for more large-animal veterinarians in Texas in a cost-effective and innovative manner.

“For us, for the Panhandle, for the states that surround this area, the counties that surround this region, this is an extraordinarily important time, as well as for us as Texas Tech University, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Texas Tech University System,” Mitchell said. “More importantly, it is an extremely important time for the people of this region because it is actually the citizens of Amarillo who wind up taking care of all of the folks in this region. It’s an honor, to me, to be part of a process that is looking forward to the future in this community.”

The gifts support the construction and development of the future School of Veterinary Medicine. The Vet School is being designed revolutionize veterinary care and help increase the number of veterinarians, not only in the Texas Panhandle, but in all rural communities.

Construction of two new veterinary school buildings is expected to cost $89.82 million, with an additional five-year operating budget cost of $82.29 million, which includes classroom equipment, supplies and the cost of faculty salaries. The Board of Regents approved the concept for the veterinary school and a proposed first-stage design budget of $1.37 million.

The plan approved by the Board of Regents is designed to enroll 60 students per year for a desired enrollment of 240 students for the four-year program. The school also would potentially serve 150-200 graduate students who are not seeking a doctorate in veterinary medicine, as well as an academic staff of 90.

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