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Minutes for SB320 - Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Short Title

Relating to the number of first-year veterinary students that may enter into program agreements with Kansas state university.

Minutes Content for Wed, Feb 7, 2018

Chairperson opened the hearing on SB320.

Tamera Lawrence of the Revisor of Statutes Office explained the bill.

Jackie McClaskey testified in support of the bill. She believes that increasing the number of scholarships will help address the shortage of large and mixed animal veterinarians practicing in rural communities.  There has been a decline in the number of graduates from K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on mixed or large animal medicine who are interested in practicing  in rural Kansas.  Financial cost is often a limitation for students considering an advanced degree. This bill provides the opportunity to reduce the cost for Kansas residents by increasing the number of potential scholarships that may be awarded by K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine.(Attachment 2)

Tucker Stewart spoke in support of the bill on behalf of the Kansas Livestock Association. He believes that passage of this bill will encourage veterinarians with large animal health training to locate in rural Kansas. (Attachment 3) 

Written testimony in support of the bill was submitted by:

John Donley- Kansas Farm Bureau(Attachment 4)

Chase  Reed- 4th year vet student at Kansas State University(Attachment 5)

Chairperson Kerschen closed the hearing on SB320 and adjourned the meeting.