Texas Tech University

Purina Nutrition Center Opens at Texas Tech Vet School

Weston Brooks

November 16, 2022


The School of Veterinary Medicine advances optimal nutrition, health and wellness of its animals.

Texas Tech University's School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo faculty, staff and students were joined by Purina representative Lauren Stump to celebrate the grand opening of the Purina Nutrition Center, located in the west wing of the school's Amarillo Campus.

“Optimal nutrition is so important to health,” said Guy Loneragan, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine.“We are so very thankful for the generosity of Purina. The Purina Nutrition Center allows us to provide even greater level of excellence of care at our School. It also serves as an important educational asset for our students as they learn various nutritional strategies in disease management and health promotion.”  

This center gives School of Veterinary Medicine students a way to experience a variety of pet food options, ensuring they understand optimal nutrition for their patients while making sure the school's animals are receiving proper nutrition. 

“Purina is a great friend of veterinary medicine,” said John Dascanio, senior associate dean for academic and student affairs. “Their products serve the health needs of pets across the world. We truly appreciate their willingness to place a nutrition center at our school. This will serve as a focal point for students as they navigate all the pet food choices they have for various health conditions.”

The Purina Nutrition Center has abundant pet-food organizers and dispensers with the capacity to house sufficient product to support the needs of the School. This center will play a vital role in advancing optimal nutritional care for the dogs and cats housed on campus, which further promotes Texas Tech's Vet School as a national leader in veterinary medicine.

“Nutrition is a fundamental part of pet health, for healthypets and pets needing veterinary care,” said Lauren Stump, veterinary communications manager at Purina.

“At Purina, we believe nutrition education is a critical piece of the training necessary to provide that care. The partnership between Purina and Texas Tech highlights the school's commitment to the nutrition education of their students and the nutrition knowledge of future veterinarians. This resource will enable students and faculty to experience and learn about high-quality pet nutrition through a state-of-the-art center and educational tool.”

About the School of Veterinary Medicine

The School of Veterinary Medicine recruits and selects students with deep life experiences in rural and regional communities. Its curriculum is focused on the competencies and skills necessary for success in practice types that support these communities. Texas Tech's innovative and cost-efficient model partners with the wider community of veterinary practices across the state to provide clinical, real-world experiential learning.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare

Nestlé Purina PetCare creates richer lives for pets and the people who love them. Founded in 1894, Purina has helped dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by offering scientifically based nutritional innovations. Purina manufactures some of the world's most trusted and popular pet care products, including Purina ONE, Pro Plan, Fancy Feast and Tidy Cats. Our more than 8,700 U.S. associates take pride in our trusted pet food, treat and litter brands that feed 51 million dogs and 65 million cats every year. More than 500 Purina scientists, veterinarians, and pet care experts ensure our commitment to unsurpassed quality and nutrition.  

Purina promotes responsible pet care through our scientific research, our products and our support for pet-related organizations. Over the past five years, Purina has contributed more than $150 million towards organizations that bring, and keep, people and pets together, as well as those that help our communities and environment thrive. 

Purina is part of Nestlé, a global leader in Nutrition, Healthand Wellness. For more information, visit purina.com or subscribe here to get the latest Purina news.