June 15, 2017


 UC-Davis plans revamp of teaching hospital complex

Posted May 31, 2017

In 1970, the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine opened the doors to its $6 million Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

During the ensuing years, the hospital has provided—and pioneered—advanced technologies and treatments, including kidney dialysis, pacemakers, joint replacements, cancer treatments, and stem cell therapy. The hospital now has 34 specialties.

Designed to serve 3,000 patients annually, the teaching hospital has seen its yearly caseload top 51,000 patients, according to a university press release. To keep pace with this growing demand, the veterinary school plans to extensively update and expand the hospital.

The school is in the early stages of developing the physical layout. The reported $508 million effort will be done in phases, allowing for new construction and continued operation of current clinical services and patient care.

Major areas to be built over the next 10 years include centers for livestock and field service, equine performance, all-species imaging, and equine surgery and critical care as well as a new small animal hospital and community practice and surgery. Planning for the first phases of the small animal, livestock, equine, and laboratory projects is underway. Additional examination space for small animals and exotic animals is also being considered. 

A rendering of the proposed small animal clinic at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, part of the teaching hospital revamping (Courtesy of UC-Davis)

About $65 million has already been raised to launch the first phase, in which groundbreaking is expected to begin next year. Additional funding will come from further philanthropy as well as the veterinary school’s budget for infrastructure, to prepare the grounds and provide utilities.

The first patient care service of the veterinary medical complex planned to come online is the livestock and field service center. In designing the center, the school consulted with Temple Grandin, PhD, known for her work in engineering humane animal facilities and systems. Dr. Grandin met with campus architect Bill Starr to refine preliminary plans for the center—to design the best possible environment for livestock patient handling care and clinical teaching, emphasizing modern concepts in animal welfare, according to the release.