The president of the University of Missouri, Tim Wolfe, tells Brownfield Ag News that the failed veto override attempt of a major tax cut bill that would have greatly reduced higher education funding for Missouri means the four-campus university system can continue to help meet the needs of rural Missouri.
Wolfe says, “The fact that House Bill 253 veto was sustained means we now have access to much-needed funding for the MU Medical School expansion and Large Animal Veterinary Medicine program. We now look forward to getting to work using these resources to address the critical needs in our state such as educating more doctors, nurses, pharmacists to fill shortages of medical professions in rural Missouri and, also, to educate more large animal veterinarians to address the needs of livestock producers in our state.”
The University is also continuing and growing its program to graduate more large animal veterinarians. Wolfe tells Brownfield, “We needed additional funding to make sure that we could have the faculty in the laboratory and the class-size and the access to the animals for these emerging veterinarians. So, this additional funding from the state gives us that capability to provide even more vets out in rural Missouri which is badly needed.” The University system got a nearly 3% increase in funds.
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