New Veterinary Medical Center has bigger, brighter spaces for animals and people alike.
The university's new Veterinary Medical Center opened its doors in March. The center, located at 2200 College Station Road in east Athens, is home to almost all hospital services, clinical faculty and staff, third- and fourth-year students and clinical pathology laboratory services.
Encompassing 300,000-plus square feet, the complex includes a new state-of-the-art hospital for both small and large animals, a covered equine performance arena, a building dedicated to Field Services and a building for teaching and continuing education courses.
The Veterinary Education Center features a 160-seat auditorium, an 80-seat technology-enabled active learning classroom and two smaller classrooms. Students, faculty, staff and visitors can also grab a bite to eat at a cafeteria and dining area.
Improvements at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital-which last year handled more than 26,000 visits-include separate access areas for small and large animal emergencies, expanded diagnostic imaging capabilities, more parking, multiple waiting areas and rounds rooms where students and professors can interact in between examining and treating animals.
Years in the planning, the $97 million project was funded with $65 million from the state and the remainder from private sources.
- This story originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Georgia Magazine. Photos by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA.