The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine has started a fundraising campaign to raise $115 million for a building expansion project.
The Animals Need Heroes Too campaign began this spring. The project will double the size of the small animal hospital, enhance the Morrie Waud Large Animal Hospital, increase the wet lab space by one-third, and triple the infectious disease research laboratory space, among other substantial improvements, according to https://animalsneedheroestoo.com.
When the veterinary school was built in the mid-1980s, the clinical portion was designed to see up to 12,000 patients a year; it now averages more than 26,000 patients each year. The plan is to construct a state-of-the-art facility connected to the current building with more examination rooms; an expanded waiting area, including dedicated space for cats and small exotics; an improved emergency and critical care unit; a cancer center; expanded diagnostic capabilities, such as an in-house MRI and large animal CT scanner; and a covered arena for large animal patients and a large animal isolation unit.
As of press time in mid-June, the campaign had raised more than $23 million. If the veterinary school can raise $40 million, it plans to ask the state for an additional $75 million. Construction for the project could start in 2020.