Bringing Animal – and Human – Medicine into the 21st Century

April 29, 2011

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NC State’s Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) treats more than 20,000 small animal patients every year. That’s a lot of dogs, cats, turtles, birds, hamsters and fish; in fact, it’s about 11,000 patients a year more than the original VTH was designed to handle when it was built in 1983.

But patient volume isn’t the only thing that’s changed since 1983 – veterinary medicine has become increasingly specialized, and its advances in treatments for animal patients have benefited human patients as well. NC State has been at the forefront of much of this research, and with the dedication of its new Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center on May 6, NC State will solidify its position as a national leader in veterinary health.

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Coming in at 110,000-square-feet, the Terry Center addition will more than double the current size of NC State’s small animal VTH, making it one of the largest, most technologically advanced veterinary facilities in the country. The new medical center will double the number of exam rooms and surgery suites previously available, and will add expanded patient visitation areas, dedicated teaching space, and a spacious new pharmacy.

North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine

North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked third among the nation's 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the new (2012) survey by U.S. News and World Report

Enhanced medical technologies that will be available to patients include: a biplane fluoroscopy unit for better visualization of complex structures – such as congenital heart defects – for more accurate and faster placement of interventional devices; a new linear accelerator for precision treatment of a variety of cancers; a 64-slice Computed Tomography CT Unit for high-resolution imaging; copper-shielded rooms required for neurological and opthalmological diagnostics; high flow air filtration to protect patients with infectious diseases; and a dedicated canine bone marrow transplant unit.

According to Dr. Michael Davidson, Associate Dean and Director of Medical Services, the Terry Center, in addition to offering the best treatment available to its animal patients, is a key piece of NC State’s new Centennial Biomedical Campus, a network of corporate, government and academic partners dedicated to medical research.

“The Centennial Biomedical Campus is an extension of NC State’s Centennial Campus concept, which promotes public and private research partnerships,” Davidson says. “The Terry Center’s cutting-edge design and expansivenesss will enhance our ability to carry out the clinical and research studies that benefit humans and animals.”

The four-year, $72 million project was made possible, in part, by a $20 million donation from the R.B. Terry, Jr., Charitable Foundation – one of the largest private gifts ever given to NC State.

Terry Center Photo Galley

Photo Gallery

His love of golden retrievers led philanthropist Randall B. Terry, Jr. to support NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Breaking ground: (from left) Dean Terry Curtin, Dean Warwick Arden (now Provost), and Dean Oscar Fletcher. The Terry Center building committee breaks ground in 2007 on what was a pasture area, now the site of the Terry Center. Artist's architectural rendering of the Terry Center. The Veterinary Caduceus, traditional symbol of veterinary medicine, is displayed at the Small Animal Emergency entrance. A walkway meanders through the grounds. The new 100,000-square-foot Terry Center is one of the nation's most advanced and largest veterinary medical centers. An entrance welcomes patients to the Terry Center. The operation preparation area in the Terry Center surgery suite complex. More than 20,000 companion animals are treated annually. The Terry Center has 10 operating rooms, doubling the previous number in the Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The biplane fluoroscopy unit will allow for more efficient placement of interventional devices. The cake shows off how expansive the Terry Center is. A dog was one of the many details added to the cake at the Terry Center dedication. Randall Ward pets the bronze statue of Hannah, a Newfoundland rehabilitated at the center, who greets vistors at the Terry Center. (From left) Jan and H.D. Cornelius, Susan Lilly, Agnes and Ed Weisiger gather at the opening. One of the Terry's dogs enjoys the view of the audience during the dedication. Associate Dean Mike Davidson, left, and Chancellor Randy Woodson share a laugh. Three of the Terry's dogs feast upon cake during the Terry Center dedication. Chancellor Woodson, left, greets former North Carolina governor Jim Hunt. Associate Dean Mike Davidson shows people around the newly dedicated facility. Provost Warwick Arden and Dr. Lizette Hardie, head of the CVM Department of Clinical Sciences, admire the new facilities. NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson tours the new Terry Center after the dedication.