Center for Companion Animal Health

Photo: CCAH building
Center for Companion Animal Health

Our Facility

CCAH Facility

CCAH completed a $16.7 million, 36,000 sq. ft. building addition in spring 2004. CCAH's facility houses the administrative offices for the Center for Companion Animal Health  as well as two state of the art laboratories. The first floor is dedicated to clinical services, including the Community Practice service. The VMTH's oncology services have been enhanced with the addition of a linear accelerator which can treat both small and large animals, chemotherapy treatment rooms, and an outpatient pharmacy. In January of 2004 clinicians and researchers moved into this new facility (including the Medical and Radiation Oncology units. Pharmacy, Genetics and Physical Rehabilitation). This facility and all major equipment have been funded by private donations (individuals and foundations) and expands the CCAH to include the south wing of the Vet Med II building and the new CCAH.

Slide shows below show construction of the CCAH and the building dedication:

CCAH Construction

CCAH Building Dedication

CCAH Art Exhibits

Some of our clients and their human friends spend a substantial amount of time in our waiting areas; with this in mind the CCAH has made an effort to provide a wide range of artwork for the enjoyment of our visitors such as a photography collection, an art gallery, an exhibit of collectables, sculptures and a tranquil garden.

The first floor lobby features an exhibit of antique citrus crate labels from the 1920's and 1930's. This exhibit highlights dogs and cats. Crate labels were hardly ever used to sell products, but rather to make a statement of one sort or another. Landscapes, ladies, flowers, sports, famous people, and animals were common themes. Labels depicting dogs were more popular than those depicting cats, reflecting the comparative value placed on dogs versus cats as pets during this era. The dog labels have three general themes, The first theme was honoring a breed (Collie, Spaniel, Terrier and so forth). The second theme was to honor a valued canine trait (Fidelity, Security, Hunter, and the like). The third theme was humorous (R-Kur, Fido, Pup, Highland Laddie). Cat labels, although low in number, portray the common feelings of the day toward the species (Tom Cat; Red Cat-an allusion to cat's devilish nature). Exhibit courtesy of Dr. Niels Pedersen

The first floor lobby also features a collection of black and white photographs from the 1940's. The collection consist of a photographic narrative of a young boy and his dogs visit to their local Veterinarian. The photos depict the reception, diagnosis and treatment (the setting of a broken leg) of this boys beloved pet. This collection is not only important because of the historical perspective it lends to companion animal veterinary care but also the human-animal bond so effectively represented in the hopeful and desperate eyes of the young pet owner as he waits for his companion to be treated. Collection courtesy of the Museum of Veterinary Medicine.

Bennett Conference Room

The CCAH Building features the Bennett Conference Room, a beautiful conference room that features full audio and visual capabilities including video conferencing, variable seating for up to 40 people, telephone conferencing, wireless and LAN network connectivity, and an adjacent food preparation station convenient for catered events. These features make this an ideal location for business meetings and small academic seminars. The use of this space is limited to official School of Veterinary Medicine functions and is not open for general public use.