Veterinary teaching center near Caldwell closing

The University of Idaho announced it will close the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center near the intersection of Homedale Road and South Montana Avenue.

The decision to close the center was part of a university strategy to educate veterinary students more directly with livestock producers, the release said.

Faculty will relocate to extension offices in Caldwell, Salmon, the university’s Moscow campus and in the Treasure Valley, according to a release.

The veterinary school operated as part of the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The decision to close the center was part of a decade-long shift of resources away from animal research and diagnostic services in Caldwell, the release said.

Nine faculty members at the center will lose positions. They will be given preference in applying for similar jobs within the university as positions become available. The center is expected to close completely by the end of 2016.

John Foltz, dean of the college, said he hoped faculty would stay in the university system.

“Changing times in both the livestock industry and veterinary education require the university to adapt to new ways to better prepare our students to serve the public,” he said in a release.

The center opened in 1977.