University of Arizona May Acquire Local Ranch for Veterinary Medicine Program

Aug 14, 2019

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.

The V-Bar-V Ranch operates on the Walker Basin allotment within the Coconino National Forest in north-central Arizona.
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Legislation proposed by Arizona U.S. Senators Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema would have the university obtain title to the 13-acre V-V Ranch near Camp Verde. In turn, 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 located in Arizona's Verde Valley.