The College of Veterinary Medicine marked a construction milestone on August 25, 2020, when the final beam of the new Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic was put in place. Although the college couldn’t gather for a traditional Topping Out Ceremony to celebrate, students, faculty and staff were invited to sign the final beam prior to its placement and anyone already on campus was invited to watch the beam be hoisted into place.
The Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic, slated to open its doors in spring of 2021, will be one of the first primary care clinics operated by a college of veterinary medicine to embrace a spectrum of care model to educate and prepare students. This one-of-a-kind facility is made possible because of the incredible generosity and support of The Stanton Foundation.
“The Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic will enhance the accessibility of veterinary care by transforming the way our students learn. This clinic will further build their competence and confidence upon graduating to enable them to practice broadly across the spectrum of care and to serve and economically diverse clientele while enjoying a professionally satisfying and financially rewarding career,” said Rustin Moore, Moore, DVM, PhD, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine.
The practice of "Topping Out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced by its construction. Long an important component of timber frame building, it migrated to England, Northern Europe and finally to the Americas. A tree or leafy branch is placed on the topmost wood or iron beam. In this case, we included a Buckeye tree with plans to plant it near the clinic at a later date. An Ohio State flag, a State of Ohio flag and a U.S. flag were hung from the beam as it was hoisted into the air and secured in place.
“The clinic will provide an exceptional opportunity for Ohio State veterinary students to learn and refine clinical and practice management skills in a realistic private practice environment throughout the four year veterinary program. This building symbolizes our commitment to competency-based veterinary education that will produce graduates who are ready to lead the field,” said Roger B. Fingland, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVS, professor, executive associate dean, executive director and chief medical officer of the Veterinary Health System and Frank Stanton Chair. “The college is proud and humbled to carry on Frank Stanton’s commitment to improving the lives of dogs and people.”
A small group gathered to watch the beam be hoisted into place, including (left to right) Liesa Stone, DVM, assistant dean for external relations and chief advancement officer; Rustin Moore, DVM, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine; Roger Fingland, DVM, executive associate dean and Frank Stanton Endowed Chair in General Practice and Canine Health and Wellness; and Emma Read, DVM, associate dean for professional programs.
As the college moves toward our ambition to Be The Model™ comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world, this state-of-the-art and extraordinary clinic ensures that we will continue to advance education and student success and increase outreach and community engagement.