Veterinary medicine receives more than $2M grant


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 26, 2013) – The School of Veterinary Medicine has been awarded $2,114,257 by the U.S. Department of Education. Given by the Historically Black Graduate Institutions program, the grant period covers Oct. 1 to September 30, 2014. Last year, the school was awarded $2,153,184 by the program. 

According to a statement by Tsegaye Habtemariam, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, the funds will be used to “continue to strengthen and advance the training of African-Americans and other underserved minorities” in veterinary medicine. 

“The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges states that there are 11,525 veterinary students that were enrolled in 2012. The proportion of African-American students now is 2.6 percent,” Habtemariam wrote. 

He also detailed several plans for the school of veterinary medicine including increasing enrollment to 400 students per year and completion of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. Among additional planned improvements Habtemariam outlined are: distance education courses and facility upgrades and renovations.

“Our Title III goal is to continue to improve the quality of our professional veterinary medical and graduate programs and thereby increase the total number of [African-American] veterinarians in the nation,” the statement said. “To this end, we have embarked upon a continued program of improving the resources and facilities we offer to our students.”

© 2013 Tuskegee University

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