Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine Receives $7.1 million grant award
By Anissa L. Riley
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July
10, 2015) - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a grant of
$7,181,671 to the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine
within the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health.
Formal notification was recently sent covering a three-year funding
period of 2015-2018. The centers of excellence in minority veterinary
medical and public health education’s multimillion dollar grant is
through HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce's Centers of Excellence
The grant will enable
the veterinary program to expand its ability to recruit, train and
retain African American and other under-represented minority veterinary
medical students and faculty as well as continue to educate culturally
competent veterinarians and public health professionals.
It will also assist
with improving the School's educational infrastructures including
enhanced e-learning environments (information/communication
technologies), more counselors, peer and faculty tutors, plus strengthen
the mentoring program (consisting of peer and veterinary/alumni
mentors), researchers and educators.
“The grant award of
over $2.3 million yearly for the next three-year period would not have
been made possible without a team approach which was directed by Dr.
Cheryl Davis, COE coordinator for the college. The COE proposal and
progress report required diligent, dedicated, and cooperative efforts
from our faculty and staff who realized the necessity in advancing our
mission/goals and the national health priorities as expressed in Healthy
People 2020 which focuses on major improvements for public health,“
said Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of the college.
progressive leadership of our president, Dr. Brian Johnson, the future
of the University and the School of Veterinary Medicine are on an upward
trajectory and being awarded the COE grant is very significant as we
realize the challenges in the current economy.“
The COE grant
provides a great opportunity for the college to expand its educational
pipeline to channel more African Americans and other underrepresented
minorities interested in health careers.