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$9 million gift for UA veterinary medical and surgery program

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As the fall semester begins, the University of Arizona is getting a huge gift for the state's first public veterinary medical and surgical program to train Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, which is set to launch a year from now.

A $9 million donation is coming from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation.

The UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been developing the program.  The American Veterinary Medical Association paid a visit in January, and it will visit again soon to accredit the university's program.

"This program is incredibly important to Arizona and I thank the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation for their generous support," said UA president Ann Weaver Hart in a press release. "This innovative program will help the UA to meet a critical need for veterinarians throughout Arizona, and provide a vital talent base for the state's growing workforce needs."

Established in 1990, the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation has previously invested in the UA by providing private support for the Marley Building and endowing Project CENTRL, a rural leadership initiative. In 2012, the foundation also made a $4.5 million gift to the UA Foundation to endow a research and extension program in sustainable rangeland stewardship.

Right now, Arizona students interested in becoming veterinarians must compete for veterinary school admissions at out-of-state institutions, many of which favor resident students. 

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