AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – On Thursday, officials from the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo announced that Assistant Professor Luis Morales-Luna will join the School of Veterinary Medicine practice.
According to the press release from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Luna’s life revolved around animals. He grew up in Guatemala where his family owned a coffee farm and raised dairy cattle. Officials said Luna gravitated to livestock and had developed a passion for working with animals.
“Teaching others is something I’ve always enjoyed,” Luna said. “I’m really driven by the times I can help someone regain their confidence after learning something new, and I’m excited to bring that to Texas Tech University.”
Officials said Luna brings the same passion, as well as years of knowledge and skill, to Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine at Amarillo as an assistant practice professor with the cross-cutting expertise of general veterinary practice. He began his practice on June 20.
“By being bilingual in everyday and medical conversation, I hope to contribute to Texas Tech’s Spanish program in which I can teach my students how to communicate with some of the workers or owners who only speak Spanish, thus serving their rural communities in the best possible way,” said Luna.
Luna sees an opportunity to serve Spanish-speaking communities according to officials. With Spanish being the second most spoken language in Texas, helping students improve their Spanish skills is helpful to better serve areas where citizens only speak Spanish.
“Our hands-on, purpose-built program is tailor-made for a talented, dedicated, values-based clinician like Luis,” said Guy Loneragan, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “From the start, we built our program around the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in rural and regional communities. We have an incredible team dedicated to delivering this program. Luis adds to the dynamism of this team. Along with his board experience, his background adds to the rich and diverse tapestry of our school, and I suspect he’ll help us stay caffeinated.