If approved by the Iowa Board of Regents on December 9, Iowa State University will become North America's first veterinary medicine school to establish a swine medicine education center.

The Tribune reports that the College of Veterinary Medicine proposed the center to "clinical education and research opportunities specifically for veterinary students nationwide who are interested in swine production medicine." Locke Karriker, an associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, will act as a director for the new center if approved.

The swine medicine education center has been under development for the past year, and those involved are optimistic that it will be approved. Experts in the field note that the center will provide a "centralized source for educating both ISU students and students from other universities, but also as a source for government agencies, industry experts and practicing veterinarians."

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Source: The Tribue