|Educating Tomorrow's Vets|
|VCA Antech, Inc., which operates a network of 240 animal hospitals across the country has pledged $455,000 to help build a new, 55,000-square-foot Veterinary Medicine Instructional Facility for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
The generous gift will help finish and name two auditoriums on the main floor of the facility, a classroom complex designed to replace cramped, aging facilities located throughout 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," said Art Antin, chief operating officer, VCA Antech, Inc.
State and university funds will pay for basic building construction. In addition, 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 Facility 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," said 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. We are grateful that, by supporting the instructional heart of our future teaching activities, VCA Antech has contributed significantly to our educational mission,” added Osburn.