The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine recently completed a $58 million expansion of its small animal teaching hospital.
The new hospital, which supplements existing space at UF's Veterinary Medical Center, opened its doors to the public for a sneak preview Oct. 24 after several days of gatherings and dedications.
The 100,000-square-foot, three-story building triples the existing hospital's size. The expansion provides more than 22 new examination rooms, larger treatment areas, interventional radiology and cardiology facilities, and an intensive care unit, according to the hospital's fact sheet. Plus, it includes 12 surgical suites, a 140-seat seminar room, and a cancer referral and treatment center with a linear accelerator used to deliver conventional fractionated radiation therapy to cancer patients. The technology makes use of cone-beam CT, or image guidance, one of the few available in the country and the first in Florida.
The new hospital is open 24/7 for emergencies and has a separate outpatient practice.
UF's small animal hospital has an annual caseload of approximately 14,000 patients from all over the Southeast.
The hospital began operating in 1978, two years after the college opened. The new hospital has been in the planning stages since the late 1980s.
The facility began accepting patients Nov. 1, after about two years of construction. About $10 million in funding came from private donations and the rest through state utility taxes that pay for education construction projects.