Amarillo Matters Finds Wide-Spread Support for Vet School
Posted By: Steve Pair - 8/21/2018 12:00:00 AM




Amarillo, TX--Amarillo Matters, a local political action committee, conducted a poll recently that found overwhelming support in Amarillo for the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine.

“We chose to release this data to make sure decision-makers and state legislators know how important the vet school is to our state economy and workforce,” Pair said. “It also shows how strong the support is for the school in our community.” More than 90 percent of people polled said they supported the opening of the vet school.

“We’ve never seen a poll where people are this united in their support,” Pair said. “When asked if the vet school should open, the support is virtually unanimous,” Pair added.

The school would expand the educational opportunities available in Amarillo and make the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo the only place in the nation to house a medical, pharmacy and vet school. “That alone opens so many doors not only for Amarillo and the Panhandle but the entire state of Texas,” Pair said.

The school would also fill a growing need for large animal veterinarians in many parts of rural Texas. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates 46 percent of rural vets are over the age of 60. “There is a huge need for large animal vets in many parts of rural West Texas and beyond,” Pair said. “And, it’s important to note that need is only going to grow.”

More than $90 million in funding has been secured for construction through private donations and a commitment from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). Recently the Texas Tech Board of Regents approved construction plans and submitted a Legislative Appropriations Request for $17.8 million in operational funds.

“We appreciate the leadership of the Amarillo City Council, the AEDC and the Texas Tech Board of Regents for their efforts and support to make the school a reality,” Pair said. “We are also very grateful to all the private individuals in our area who have stepped up and committed their own money to this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The survey was conducted by one of the state’s premier polling companies – Ragnar Research. The poll was conducted May 9-10, 2018 and has a margin of error of 5.9%. Attached is a memo highlighting the survey results.