UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- With a generous gift of more than $2 million dollars in grant money,the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences can help equine students better understand horses and learn their behavior.
The Burnett Foundation donated $2.5 million dollars to Texas A&M. The money is a challenge gift to fund a leader in the equine industry.
Executive Professor and Coordinator, Dr. Jim Heird said, "It will fund forever the director of equine initiative, which will be the person that leads the program not only now but into the future."
80 percent of the industry's jobs don't include touching a horse everyday so Texas A&M wants to create a program to better prepare students for their future.
"We're going to be joining forces with these two colleges and forming strong collaborations across campus and beyond to form this equine initiative, again, to be the strongest in the country," said Dean of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Eleanor Green.
That's exactly what A&M hopes to accomplish.
"Texas has the most horses of any state in the country and we deserve as Texans, we deserve to have the very best equine educational program in the world," said Dr. Heird.
To achieve those goals, A&M plans to create a new curriculum, build new facilities and create partnerships across the university.