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Hill’s Pet Nutrition funds major renovation at KSU veterinary college

The new Hill’s Pet Health and Nutrition Center will allow students to care for their clients in a private practice environment

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Bonnie Rush [second from left], interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, with Jesper Nordengaard, Jolle Kirpensteijn, and Omar Faria [left to right] from Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Kansas State University (KSU) College of Veterinary Medicine has received a record sponsorship by Hill’s Pet Nutrition to fund the school’s renovation of Mosier Hall.

The new 1,486-m2 (16,000-sf) facility will be renamed Hill’s Pet Health and Nutrition Center.  Neither the school nor the pet food company disclosed the donation amount.

Dedicated to clinical training, classroom teaching, and research, the building will include a 464-m2 (5,000-sf) research suite and a 270-seat contemporary auditorium constructed in a new area of the veterinary medicine complex.

“This public-private partnership will enhance our educational capacity in small animal nutrition and client communication, strengthening the preparation of our graduates for success in private practice,” said Bonnie Rush, DVM, MS, DACVIM, interim dean of the college.

“The new experiential learning environment will strengthen our training program in nutrition and primary care, and will attract student externs from colleges of veterinary medicine across North America.”

The new center will provide more wellness training opportunities for students, additional space for routine procedures, and dedicated spaces for communication training, rounds nutritional displays, and nutrition consultation.

“We are truly excited and grateful to Hill’s for partnering with us to provide this opportunity to teach primary care skills in a facility more representative of a true companion animal practice,” said Susan Nelson, DVM, clinical professor at KSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

“The new facility will allow us to be more feline friendly and enhance student training in all areas of primary care, especially in the areas of nutrition, communication, business management, diagnostics, and routine surgical procedures.”

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