With the grand opening of the $32 million Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex, the first phase of Texas A&M’s $80 million project for the new Equine Initiative, A&M is looking to strengthen its position as a national leader in the equine field.
Initially approved in 2012, the Equine Initiative is designed to provide a foundation for education, research, and outreach in equine science, and will seek to bring together students, faculty, and equine industry leaders. The equine complex alone, named in honor of Dr. Thomas G. Hildebrand, will allow Texas A&M to serve and significantly impact the future of the industry, believes Eleanor Green, A&M’s Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine.
“This new facility solidifies Texas A&M University’s position as a national leader in equine programs, in equine sciences and veterinary medicine,” she said in a press release recently published in TAMU’s website, adding that the support from industry leaders indicates the importance of the university’s in this field, both locally and globally.
While providing support for teaching, research, extension, and outreach initiatives dedicated to equine programs, the project will also influence the recruitment and retention of the best faculty and students. It will thus “help develop future leaders for the equine industry,” said Bill Dugas, acting vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences.
The launch of the Equine Initiative is just one of a series of bold, new projects that Texas A&M has rolled out over the past year. Many of the newest initiatives were recently outlined by the Executive Vice President and CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center at the THBI Summit in Austin.