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Missouri announces program to train veterinarians for large-animal work

Grant of $500,000 will fund test of a national food-animal veterinary institute
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Nov 05, 2010
By dvm360.com staff

St. Joseph, Mo. — -- A pilot program to train veterinarians and veterinary technicians to fill the expected gap in the large-animal workforce has received a $500,000 grant, a thumbs-up from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, and a joint effort by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and USDA Rural Development.

Nixon announced the program at Missouri Western State University as a way to combat the estimated shortage of large-animal veterinarians and veterinary technicians nationwide. The program may include the establishment of a national food-animal veterinary institute in the multi-state Kansas City Animal Health Corridor of veterinary colleges, agricultural interests, and private animal health companies.

The grant will go toward a business plan and pilot program for the anticipated institute.