The reason for this petition is to bring a quality veterinarian school to ERIE county. There are very few vet-schools in our country and this restricts the lives of many students seeking higher education opportunities. For most students the college experience is hard enough, but adding the fact of moving away from family and friends can be devastating to their concentration. My fiance is struggling with the fact that she has to move away from our home where we are finally settled into. She has a hard time being away from family as most students. Family helps to motivate you to accomplish your dreams and being away from them can make your mind wander away from your goal to become something in life. I\'m sure that many other students striving to achieve something wonderful are battling with this same situation. There are plenty of medical schools in ERIE county, but not a single vet-school. There is only one in New York and that is an estimated 5 hours away. My fiance oftens talks about changing her major and forgetting about school all together just to avoid having to move away from her home. When I hear her talk like this it upsets me because I know how much it means to her to become a veterinarian. This petition is encouraging a vet-school in ERIE county, but I think that there should be more all over the US. I don\'t believe that education should be restricted by the location and scarcity of schools. I am asking you to think about what I have said and join me in my plee for a vet-school in ERIE county. I am sending this message to all students of the WNY area that are struggling with this same situation, the faculty of all school that believe in the importance of higher education, and everyone else that cares about the future of their children who have dreams. Together we can hope to make a difference for our future generations. I hope to have a graduate program for veterinarian medicine in ERIE county by 2005 or sooner. Thank You for your time and support.