The Oregon Humane Society recently broke ground on an Animal Medical and Learning Center where veterinary students and faculty from Oregon State University will serve on staff.
Sharon Harmon, executive director of the humane society, said up to 48 students per year will work at the center.
Round-the-clock, on-site care will eliminate the need to transport animals to clinics throughout the Portland area. Currently, the humane society depends upon veterinarians who care for the animals when they have time in their schedules.
The center also will house the Animal Assisted Therapy Prep School, which will teach animals to work with patients in hospitals and residents of nursing homes, and allow the humane society to expand Animal Behavior Training, which readies dogs to become good pets.
The $6.4 million, 22,000-square-foot center will be ready in 2007. It will include student dormitories; examination rooms; surgery suites; a multistation treatment room; and radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy facilities.
More information is available at www.oregonhumane.org.