On June 6, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved the first phase of the Expansion and Enhancement of The Ohio State University's Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). The board’s approval will allow the project to begin in mid-August, with an official groundbreaking to occur in early September.
Phase One of the construction will include a newly-renovated Intensive Care Unit for the Hospital for Companion Animals and a free-standing addition to the existing hospital building that will incorporate faculty and staff offices, as well as conference spaces for meetings and teaching. The construction contract for this phase is worth $13.8 million.
“We are really pleased that the University Board of Trustees approved Phase One of our construction project,” said Dr. Rustin Moore, the Bud and Marilyn Jenne Chair of equine medicine, associate executive dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and executive director of the VMC. “We look forward to having a facility that reflects the excellence of our clinical and academic programs, and the expert compassionate care that we provide to our patients and clients.”
The The entire Expansion and Enhancement plan calls for a total of $30 million in expenditures. This will fund the construction and renovation of 57,000 square feet at the hospital, which will also include state-of-the-art clinical, teaching and surgery spaces, a new lobby and reception area, and improvements to patient rooms, animal holding and the admission and discharge areas.
“We are so appreciative of our generous donors who have helped to make Phase One of this project a reality,” added Moore. “We are continuing to raise money for Phases Two through Four of the VMC Expansion and Enhancement project, which are vitally important to our patient care, teaching and clinical discovery missions."
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the world, with more than 33,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patient visits each year. With more than 60 board-certified practitioners in 20 veterinary specialties, the VMC is the only veterinary hospital in Ohio with board-certified specialists in support of 24/7 emergency and critical care services.Collaborations with human medical specialists and researchers have advanced patient care through technology and procedures in the areas of interventional medicine (non-invasive surgery), comparative oncology, orthopedics and more. For more information visithttp://www.vet.osu.edu/vmc