Hello, I’m Gary Stratton and I’m running to be your state representative for Franklin County.
Kentucky boasts a robust economy thanks in part to it’s animal industry. From cattle, pigs, lamb, as food for us, to entertainment from watching the many horse races at Keeneland, Church Hill Downs, to Ellis Park in Henderson, just to name a few. Kentuckians have pride for our animals and what they provide for us.
But, did you know that for the young man or woman who wants to become a veterinarian to take care of the very animals that help our economy, must go out of state to study veterinary science?
Bright, energetic, smart, and capable men and women must complete an undergraduate degree to prepare them for veterinary school, and then transfer to Alabama schools like Auburn and Tuskegee. Those schools have a limited number of openings for Kentucky students which make things very difficult to get in.
As your next state representative, I pledge to start the conversation to start a Veterinary Medicine School here in the commonwealth of Kentucky, possibly locating it at Kentucky State University, or other centrally located university.
Does it make sense that we send our talented students away for training, with the possibility of losing them to other locations around the country? I submit that we create a new school of Veterinary Medicine so our students can stay closer to home and grow the economy here in our own state.
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