VMC Enhancement and Expansion

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center Hospital for Companion Animals has experienced a 40 percent increase in patient visits in the past six years. In order to continue to provide outstanding care for our patients and support for our clients, we must expand and improve our building.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved the first phase of the Expansion and Enhancement of the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) on June 6. The approval will allow the project to begin construction in mid-August 2014, with an official public groundbreaking to occur Sept. 5 at the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building Front Lawn. The program begins at 5 p.m. with speeches from The Ohio State University President Michael Drake and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Lonnie J. King.

Phase One of the construction will include a newly renovated Intensive Care Unit for the Hospital for Companion Animals and a free-standing addition to the existing hospital building that will incorporate faculty and staff offices, as well as conference spaces for meetings and teaching. The $30 million project calls for construction and renovation of a total of 57,000 square feet of space at the hospital.  The construction contract amount for Phase One is $13.8 million.

Features of the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Hospital for Companion Animals

  • Central nurses station for monitoring and care of patients by veterinarians and technicians
  • Two isolation wards
  • A break room for veterinarians, technicians and students
  • A learning conference room for students to discuss cases with veterinarians and technicians
  • Adjacent dog exercise area specifically for ICU patients
  • Intermediary care treatment room for patients who require less extensive monitoring
  • Housing for patients and critical care beds
  • Private patient visitation room

Features of the new lobby in the Hospital for Companion Animals

  • New reception desk
  • Separate waiting areas for cats and dogs
  • Designated spaces to accomodate children's activities, refreshments, and a "quiet area"  
  • Easy access to Wi-Fi
  • Access to a new courtyard
  • Addition of more than 20 exam rooms
  • New entrance to accommodate behavioral cases

Other highlights of the Enhancement and Expansion:

  • New conference rooms
  • Emergency room/triage space 
  • Improved surgery suites 
  • New clinical areas for specialty services

The College of Veterinary Medicine
Attn: Development Office
125L-VMAB
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH  43210
(614) 688-8433