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Nunez to Represent New Mexico on WICHE Veterinary Council

LAS CRUCES -- Andrew Nunez, legislative liaison for New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, was selected as New Mexico's representative to the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council.

The 15-state commission arranges agreements between states to reserve slots in veterinary schools and other professional preparation programs not offered in students' home states. New Mexico, which does not have a veterinary school, pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for students accepted to WICHE member veterinary programs. In exchange, students must work three years in New Mexico.

Nunez was selected to a three-year term by New Mexico's representatives to the WICHE Executive Committee. He recently advocated restoration of State of New Mexico funding for the WICHE program to support veterinary students from the state.

"This program is a good deal for taxpayers and students of New Mexico," Nunez said. "Two feasibility studies have shown that establishing a veterinary school in New Mexico is too expensive and it is better to satisfy New Mexico's needs for participating in the WICHE program."