Regents OK $1.8 Million Barn for USU's Equine Programs, Veterinary School
Deseret News Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018
To facilitate a growing horse herd — and student body — Utah State University needed a new barn on its 26-acre South Farm. The Utah State Board of Regents recently authorized construction of the $1.8 million barn, which USU officials say is needed to serve its School of Veterinary Medicine and growing undergraduate equine programs. ... "Students in USU's School of Veterinary Medicine work with faculty who specialize in equine medicine, and they gain important experience with horses," said Ken White, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. ... The 20,000-square-foot metal barn will be designed, built, operated and maintained using institutional funds from the veterinary school. No state funds will be spent on the facility or its maintenance, according to Board of Regents documents. ... USU officials hope to break ground on the new barn this fall and complete construction by March. ... Equine Education Center manager D.J. Anderson said the new barn will have 51 stalls, three tack rooms and two wash bays. ... Anderson said interest in USU's Equine Science and Management program has grown since the start of USU's School of Veterinary Science in 2012, in a regional partnership with Washington State University. ... "Our extension equine programs for 4-H youth are growing, as well as the Extension Ride Utah program that helps military veterans and their families to share a trail ride and counseling to help with some difficult adjustments and emotional challenges," said White, who is also vice president of USU Extension.