February 9, 2004
VCA Antech, of Los Angeles, California, has pledged $455,000 to help build a new Veterinary Medicine Instructional Facility that will become the new "instructional heart" of a modernized and expanded veterinary campus being constructed for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Los Angeles-based VCA Animal Hospitals and Antech Diagnostics, www.vcaantech.com, is the leading provider of pet health care services in the country with a nationwide clinical laboratory system and more than 235 animal hospitals in 34 states.
The gift will help finish and name two auditoriums on the main floor of the facility, a classroom complex designed to replace cramped, aging facilities elsewhere on the UC Davis campus. Construction of the $27 million building is scheduled to begin in Spring 2004, with completion anticipated in late 2005.
"We at VCA Animal Hospitals and Antech Diagnostics are pleased to support the new facility, which will help UC Davis to provide the highest quality training environment for future generations of veterinary students and practitioners," states Art Antin, Chief Operating Officer.
State and university funds will pay for basic building construction. The school is raising $2.5 million in private support to provide special purpose rooms and facility upgrades that will enhance teaching programs and prepare for anticipated growth in class size and faculty.
The Veterinary Medicine Instructional Facility will encompass more than 55,000 square feet. It will be used by students, alumni and practitioners for large-scale lectures, classroom discussions, computer learning, study sessions, alumni gatherings, student volunteer activities and continuing education conferences.
"This key classroom facility will help to co-locate the school’s teaching facilities as recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education during our accreditation review in 1998," says Bennie I. Osburn, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. "Once this building is completed, students and faculty will be able to interact and exchange ideas much more efficiently." Osburn adds, "We are grateful that, by supporting the instructional heart of our future teaching activities, VCA Antech has contributed significantly to our educational mission."
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts teaching, research and service activities statewide to benefit animal, human and environmental health.
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