University Board of Trustees approves expansion of VMC

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved the first phase of the Enhancement and Expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center on June 6. The approval will allow the project to begin construction in mid-August 2014, with an official groundbreaking to occur in early September. Phase One of the construction will include a newly-renovated Intensive Care Unit for the Hospital for Companion Animals and a free-standing addition to the existing hospital building that will incorporate faculty and staff offices, as well as conference spaces for meetings and teaching.

“We are really pleased that the University Board of Trustees approved Phase one of our construction project,” said Dr. Rustin Moore, the Bud and Marilyn Jenne Chair of equine medicine, associate executive dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and executive director of the VMC. “We look forward to having a facility that reflects the excellence of our clinical and academic programs, and the expert compassionate care that we provide to our patients and clients.”

The $30 million project calls for construction and renovation of a total of 57,000 square feet of space at the hospital, and will also include new state-of-the-art clinical, surgery and teaching spaces; a new lobby and reception area; improvements to patient rooms, animal holding and admission and discharge areas. The construction contract amount for Phase One is $13.8 million.

“We are so appreciative of our generous donors who have helped to make Phase One of this project a reality,” added Moore. “We are continuing to raise money for Phases Two through Four of the VMC Enhancement and Expansion project, which are vitally important to our patient care, teaching and clinical discovery missions." 

The expansion was featured in The Columbus Dispatch here. Reporter, Collin Binkley, for the Dispatch discussed the plans to update the veterinary clinic on Channel 10.

More details about the project can be found here. To discuss naming opportunities and other ways to support the VMC, please call (614) 688-8433.

Posted June 6, 2014