- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - University of Arizona officials have announced plans to start a veterinary medical school supported by private funds.

The Arizona Daily Star reported (http://bit.ly/1rsjbmK) Saturday that a $9 million endowment from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation will go toward establishing a veterinary school in 2015.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Shane Burgess says students will be able to pursue veterinary medical degrees in a shorter time at a lower cost.

Burgess says $3 million will go toward buying or adapting facilities across the state for veterinary training.

The school had previously requested funding from the state for a school after the Arizona Board of Regents approved the concept.

But lawmakers passed on the proposal.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com