AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will break ground on a new Small Animal Teaching Hospital and educational wing in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 on the lawn adjacent to Overton Auditorium-Goodwin Student Center on the site of the classroom building expansion.
“We’ve added on as much as we can,” said William Brawner, a clinical sciences professor at the college and chair of the Small Animal Teaching Hospital building committee. “We’re growing, the demand for veterinary research is growing and we have both physically and programmatically outgrown the current hospital.”
Phase one, with completion planned for spring of 2012, will include 34,000 square feet for educational use and provide three new classrooms. The veterinary college plans to increase its class size to 120 students from the current 95.
Phase two, construction of the new Small Animal Teaching Hospital, has a targeted completion date of 2014. The new hospital will feature approximately 200,000 square feet of clinical, examination and client-use space and will include services such as community practice, critical care, oncology, neurology, imaging and orthopedics.
Dean Timothy Boosinger of the College of Veterinary Medicine will open the groundbreaking ceremony with a welcome and introductions. On hand to provide congratulatory remarks will be Auburn president Jay Gogue; President Pro Tempore of the Auburn University Board of Trustees, John Blackwell; and Ron Prestage, chair of the Small Animal Teaching Hospital Leadership Team. A reception will follow in Joy Goodwin Rudd Student Center.
“Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine has a 118-year history of outstanding service to the advancement of animal and human health,” said Boosinger. “This project will enable us to continue as leaders in veterinary education for many years to come.”
The estimated cost for Auburn’s New Small Animal Teaching Hospital and Educational Wing is approximately $74 million. The firm Foil Wyatt Architects and Jova/Daniels/Busby was selected for the design. Sources of funding include tuition revenue and individual and corporate donors.
The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine prepares individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine, including private and public practice, industrial medicine, academics and research. Through these efforts, the college provides programs of instruction, research, outreach and service that are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the region, the nation and the world. The veterinary program at Auburn is the oldest in the South and the nation’s seventh oldest. For more information, go to www.vetmed.auburn.edu.