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Since 1987, the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine has graduated more than 2,000 veterinarians. We’ve grown from 10 specialties when the school opened to more than 20 today. We have developed countless therapies and technologies to treat injury and disease. And our work has reached from Wisconsin around the world, protecting economies and helping to prevent pandemics.
But to continue our groundbreaking work, we will need to break new ground.
In three years, we have doubled our research grant support—but that kind of continued growth and advancement is only possible if we have the space to do the work. We plan to expand our basic research laboratory space by more than 10,000 square feet. And we’ll triple our high-security labs where globally vital research is already happening on infectious diseases like Ebola, Dengue Fever, influenza and more.
The rapidly increasing space needs for patient care have forced us to convert much of our learning space to clinical space. Our expansion will prioritize patient care—opening up the teaching hospital to a broader and more intensive patient base—with room for dedicated learning and collaboration spaces that will enrich and strengthen our students’ educational experience.
We’ll double our critical care space, triple the size of our ER and quadruple isolation areas. In the process, we’ll remodel and equip our equine isolation facility to more easily accommodate horses with infectious diseases and conditions that seem to be on the rise. We’ll also vastly expand our in-demand dentistry and oral surgery service, as well as our new Shelter Medicine Program, and create species-specific waiting areas, so we can provide more comfortable care to all of our animal patients.
The ability to quickly and accurately diagnose what is going on with our patients has always been a point of pride, and the expansion will allow us to become even better. We’ll increase speed and collaboration by bringing MRI equipment into the hospital itself, allowing our clinical and anatomical pathologists to work faster and better as a team. We’ll add an intermediate care ward to minimize patient stress as well as a covered, enclosed large animal arena where we can safely perform neurological and lameness exams year round.
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