Atlanta, GA, September 01, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) officially unveiled the new Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center. Nearly doubling the size of the existing companion animal hospital, the new 110,000 sq. ft., $72 million complex is dedicated to providing compassionate and leading-edge specialty healthcare for companion animals with advanced medical facilities, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technologies, and pioneering research initiatives.
Designed by FWAJDB Architects, the design of the Terry Center focused on a goal to lead the country in experiential medical education, animal medicine, biomedical research and human health with a bold mission to redefine the delivery of animal healthcare. The Center is one of the largest and most advanced tertiary care centers in North America.
When it began operating in 1983, the small animal hospital had a planned capacity of 12,000 cases. Today, NC State clinicians annually examine, diagnose and treat more than 20,000 patients referred to them by private practice veterinarians.
The heart of the new center is a medical community comprised of 123 faculty, 83 house offices (interns and residents), approximately 115 students and 179 staff members. Pending LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification, the new Terry Center includes sustainable features such as water filtration, natural day lighting to help animals recover from illness more quickly and sensors in each space that control energy usage based on occupancy.
Key Design Features:
· Thirty exam rooms, more than doubling the number of the veterinary teaching hospital (VTH) exam rooms.
· Ten surgery suites, doubling the size of the VTH operating rooms.
· Three dedicated emergency exam rooms.
· Greatly expanded Intensive Care Unit with patient, visitation area.
· High flow air-filtration in four isolation units and in emergency care to protect and treat patients from infectious diseases.
· Spacious pharmacy with specialized capabilities for sterile compounding of drugs for pet health needs.
· A Pneumatic Tube System to transfer lab specimens and drugs to speed patient diagnosis and treatment.
· Patient-focused design features include “night comfort” lighting in Intensive Care Unit.
· Dedicated teaching space in each pavilion for instruction of DVM students and house officers.
· Pavilions with separate client entrances and reception areas for various clinical services.
· Abundance of natural light throughout public and patient care areas.
· New, state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator to treat a variety of different forms of cancer with precision.
· 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) Scan to create high-resolution images of the heart, brain, or lungs in seconds.
· Biplane Fluoroscopy Unit for better visualization of complex structures such as congenital heart defects – allowing for more accurate and faster placement of interventional devices.
· Four ultrasound stations for radiology for state-of-the-art, non-invasive imaging.
· Special copper-shielded rooms required for leading-edge neurological and ophthalmological diagnostics.
· Canine Bone Marrow Transplant Unit with a reverse isolation air filtration system to protect immunocompromised and vulnerable patients – the Terry Center is the only academic clinical facility in the country offering canine bone marrow transplants.
The new veterinary medical center is named in honor of the late philanthropist and former president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation (NCVMF), Mr. Randall B. Terry, Jr., who made a pledge of $20 million through the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation – the largest private gift ever given to North Carolina State University. Mr. Terry’s dedication, support and vision have greatly benefited the College of Veterinary Medicine. “Animals give so much to mankind, it’s only fitting that we give back something to them. This new veterinary medical center will help enhance the medical care they receive,” said Mr. Terry.
About North Carolina State University CVM:
North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a community whose members are dedicated to preparing veterinarians and veterinarian scientists while advancing animal and human health from the cellular level through the entire ecosystems. With the graduation of its first class in 1980, the CVM is one the younger veterinary programs in the country. Despite its relative youth, the college has gained international recognition on the strength of its teaching, research, engagement and patient care and is ranked third among the nation’s 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the new (2012) survey by U.S. News and World Report.
About FWAJDB Architects:
FWAJDB Architects (LLP) is the most experienced design team in veterinary medicine facilities today. From teaching hospitals and highly complex laboratories to classroom and medical education support facilities, FWAJDB’s skilled team of architects have established the reputation as the “go to” architectural firm in the United States. With specialized expertise in the latest advances in digital technology, biotechnology, diagnostic laboratories, equine facilities, food/animal safety and the promotion of public health, FWAJDB successfully monitors the pulse of factors driving future directives in the industry. With more than seventy completed high profile projects on more than 25 campuses in their portfolio. FWAJDB’s team of designers has provided expertise for many of the nation’s leading schools of veterinary medicine, teaching hospitals, laboratories, clinics and research and technology centers throughout the U.S. and abroad.
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