Midwestern Teaching Hospital Off to Early Start

The Companion Animal Clinic is designed to provide learning opportunities for students and serve local pets.

Midwestern University’s inaugural class of veterinary students won’t start their training rotations for two years, but the on-campus Companion Animal Clinic is open for business.

The 111,800-square-foot teaching hospital, one of the largest in the United States, began scheduling appointments Dec. 1 and opened its doors Tuesday.

The clinic, now staffed by faculty members, offers primary and specialty care for small animals, including services in internal medicine, dentistry, surgery and diagnostic imaging. Available to patients are 14 examination rooms, four surgical suites, two specialty suites and a physical rehabilitation area with an underwater treadmill.

The initial 102 students who enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine will begin supervised rotations at the clinic in the spring of 2017.

Still to come on the Glendale, Ariz., campus are a 70,000-square-foot large animal hospital, called the Bovine and Equine Center, and a necropsy and pathology center.

The small animal hospital “will offer the highest-quality veterinary care provided by our academic faculty veterinarians,” said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern’s president and CEO.

“We have worked hard to build state-of-the-art technology in all areas of the facility to educate our students to become highly skilled and compassionate veterinarians in the future,” Goeppinger said.

Midwestern operates three other community clinics in Glendale. They include dental and eye institutes and the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, which features services in clinical psychology, podiatry, family and pediatric medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine and pharmacy.

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