Monday, July 18, during the first day of the special session for state lawmakers, the Texas House of Representatives passed a planning grant of $4.1 million for Texas Tech to start the design process for a veterinary school.

Lubbock Representative Dustin Burrows commented on the grant, saying:

“There’s absolutely a need for it, you talk to industry, you talk to people in the area, and we need a vet school in this area to deal with and service a very large important agricultural industry.”

KAMC News reports that the planning grant has a two-year deadline for Texas Tech to create a proposal to present to the Texas House in order to move forward.