Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in the US has approved a $120m expansion and renovation of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM).
The expansion will create a new classroom building for the vet school and expand its small animal hospital to enhance the learning environment for students.
Texas A&M University president Bowen Loftin said: "Our goal is to build a premier teaching and research facility that complements our world-class faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the far-ranging impact they have on both animal and human health."
"At this point, the building will be one of the largest construction projects in the history of the university, which speaks volumes about the importance veterinary medicine plays in our state’s economy, as well as in our daily lives," Loftin said.
The project will be located near Raymond Stotzer Parkway on Texas A&M’s main campus, and will incorporate a road linking the building to the parkway as well as the demolition or major renovation of three buildings.
Under the plan the veterinary teaching hospital, veterinary medicine administration building and veterinary sciences building will undergo major renovation.
CVM will begin the planning and design process with a planned completion date soon and the project will be funded by the Permanent University Fund.
Texas A&M’s dean of veterinary medicine Eleanor Green said: "The new facility represents a tremendous opportunity to bring the latest in teaching technology to the CVM and to Texas A&M University."
"We are very excited that the Board of Regents and the administration of Texas A&M University have decided to invest in the future of our college, our faculty, and our students," Green said.
"The impact of having state-of-the-art teaching and clinical facilities will be felt not only by those who receive their education here in the future, but also by those that we serve."
Image: The project involves major renovations to the CVM’s veterinary teaching hospital, veterinary medicine administration building and veterinary sciences building. Photo: Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.