After more than a decade of planning and development, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center is up and running. The official dedication took place May 6; the Terry Center admitted its first patient later that month.
The $72 million complex, at 110,000 square feet, is one of the nation's largest veterinary hospitals and is more than twice the size of the veterinary college's original Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
It has 30 examination rooms, 10 surgery suites, three dedicated emergency examination rooms, an expanded intensive care unit with patient visitation area, and high-flow air filtration in four isolation units and in emergency care.
The center is designed to meet the requirements for specialty practice and provide associated state-of-the-art technologies, according to an NC State press release, with medical enhancements and design features that include the following:
- A new linear accelerator.
- A 64-slice computed tomography scanner.
- A biplane fluoroscopy unit.
- Four ultrasound stations.
- Special copper-shielded rooms for leading-edge neurologic and ophthalmologic diagnostic testing.
- A canine bone marrow transplant unit with a reverse isolation air filtration system.
In addition, the Terry Center includes sustainable features such as water filtration units and sensors in each space that control energy use on the basis of occupancy.
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Randall B. Terry, Jr.
Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center (Courtesy of North Carolina State University CVM)
The Terry Center is organized into nine individual specialty referral services, each with board-certified specialists and referral coordinators.
In all, the medical community numbers 123 faculty, 83 interns and residents, some 115 students, and 179 staff members.
The center is named after the late businessman and philanthropist Randall B. Terry Jr. from High Point, N.C. He was a former president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation.
Terry died in May 2004 and in fall 2005 the R.B. Terry, Jr. Charitable Foundation provided the veterinary college with a $20 million pledge to initiate the philanthropist's vision. Appropriations from the 2006 North Carolina General Assembly and ongoing private donations matched by the charitable foundation also made the complex possible.