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New Vet Center Breaks Ground

NC State will break ground on a new companion animal veterinary center at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Ceremonies will be held under an event tent in the CVM parking lot and the groundbreaking will take place in the pasture immediately adjacent to William Moore Drive. The event is open to the campus community. Parking is available in the "C" lot off William Moore Drive.

Randall Terry and his golden retrievers
The late Randall Terry became a longtime friend of the college after his golden retrievers were treated at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, or "Terry Center," will be a 110,000 square-foot, $72 million facility which will more than double the size of the current companion animal hospital, and will help accommodate the more than 20,000 cases referred to the CVM each year. Construction is expected to be complete by 2009.

The new referral hospital is made possible by a $20 million pledge from the R.B. Terry, Jr. Charitable Foundation – the largest private gift ever given to North Carolina State University. The N.C. General Assembly appropriated $38 million for the facility in the recent budget session, and additional private funds will pay for the remainder of the $72 million project, which is named for the late High Point businessman and philanthropist Randall B. Terry Jr.

The philanthropist became a longtime friend of the college after his golden retrievers were treated at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He served two terms as president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medicine Foundation and chaired the first campaign for the college as part of the Campaign for NC State Students. In 2000, he established a challenge gift to generate private funds for the new hospital and for student scholarships.

The center will offer cutting-edge technologies used for imaging, cardiac care, cancer treatments, internal medicine and surgery. It will allow the small-animal component of the existing Veterinary Teaching Hospital to become a center for outpatient treatment and animal wellness, and will provide educational opportunities for students and practicing veterinarians.