Legislative Notebook: Fort Valley Likely not a Fix for Vet Shortage

By Maggie Lee, Macon.com

Georgia is “critically” short of large-animal vets, Dean Scott Angle of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Services told a House Agriculture Committee meeting.

He’s got a small program that annually helps usher five future large animal vets through their undergraduate years into the extremely competitive veterinary medicine doctorate program in Athens. There’s also a short mentoring program for high-schoolers. But the state is still extremely lacking.

Fix it with a doctorate program at Fort Valley State University, suggested state Rep. Lynmore James, D-Montezuma. The school offers undergraduate degrees in veterinary technology and animal science, but would-be medical doctors must go to Athens.

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