North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine will unveil its new $72 million companion animal medical center on Friday, May 6.
The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center almost doubles the size of the existing animal center. The new 110,000-square-foot complex has 30 examination rooms, 10 surgical suites, three dedicated emergency exam rooms, an expanded intensive care unit with a patient visitation area and a pharmacy with specialized capabilities for sterile compounding of drugs for pet health needs.
Medical enhancements include a new linear accelerator, a 64-slice computed tomography scan, biplane fluoroscopy unit, four ultrasound stations and special copper-shielded rooms required for neurological and ophthalmological diagnostics.
The Terry Center also has a canine bone marrow transplant unit with a reverse isolation air filtration system to protect immunocompromised patients. The center is the only academic clinical facility in the country offering canine bone marrow transplants, according to the university.
In addition, the Terry Center includes sustainable features such as water filtration, natural day lighting and sensors in each space that control energy usage based on occupancy. The center's developers are seeking LEED Silver Certification.
The center is named in honor of the late philanthropist and former president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, Randall B. Terry, Jr., who made a pledge of $20 million through the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation.
The Terry Center was designed by FWAJDB Architects.
The original small animal hospital began operating in 1983 with 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.