A bill that would create a veterinary education program at Utah State University passed the Senate today. It was then tabled for further financial review.
Specifically, House Bill 57 would allow Utah State University to enter into a partnership agreement with Washington State University to establish a vet program. Washington State University already has a College of Veterinary Medicine.
Students would complete the first and second years of study at Utah State University and the third and fourth years of study at Washington State University.
Initially, up to 20 Utah resident students and 10 nonresident students would be accepted each year into the program, according to the bill.
The bill would also require the Legislature, subject to future budget constraints, to annually appropriate money to pay for the nonresident portion of tuition for Utah students enrolled at Washington State University under a partnership agreement.
House Bill 57 is currently tabled in the Senate 3rd reading calendar, where house bills are placed if they have a fiscal note of $10,000 or more. This bill has a fiscal note of $1.7 million.
If passed, the bill would take effect on July 1.
To read the bill, click here.