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Bill would OK land swap for Arizona veterinary program

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Posted at 6:53 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 09:53:24-04

PHOENIX (AP) - The University of Arizona would get ownership of a ranch that's now federal property under a proposed land swap intended to support the university's planned new veterinary program.

Legislation proposed by Sens. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema would have the university obtain title to the 13-acre V-V Ranch near Camp Verde while the U.S. Forest Service would get equally-valued ranch land that the university owns near Happy Jack.

A statement released Tuesday by McSally's office says the UA already operates the V-V Ranch but that acquiring ownership outright would enable the university to add buildings and other facilities for its planned College of Veterinary Medicine program.

Happy Jack is in a forested area north of Payson and south of Flagstaff. Camp Verde is in the Verde Valley.