NC State opens vet teaching hospital

Posted May 5, 2011
Updated May 6, 2011

— North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is celebrating the opening of its new veterinary teaching hospital, the Randall B. Terry Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center.

The $72 million complex took 12 years to come to fruition. It was made possible by a $20 million donation by the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation, appropriations from the 2006 North Carolina General Assembly, and private donations matched by the foundation. 

Associate Dean Mike Davidson said the facility has a state-of-the-art radiation treatment room, which cost $1 million to build. Its walls and floors are reinforced with several feet of concrete.

The facility also boasts the only animal bone marrow transplant program in America.

“This building is really going to be the gold standard for academic veterinary medical centers for many years to come,” Davidson said.

School officials say the Terry Center will be one of the most technologically-advanced schools in the country.

“We pretty much do everything we do in a human hospitals, we just do it on animals,” veterinary technician Tiffany Hemmelgarn said.

Hemmelgarn is excited to work in the new facility, which is twice as big as the old clinic where she earned her degree as an undergraduate at NC State.

The center has classrooms and allows students to learn alongside working veterinarians. 

Hemmelgarn said the center is focused on providing the best patient care. 

“Its also about teaching the students, residents and interns and making sure this is all still a learning process,” Hemmelgarn said.

Davidson said the research being done there could one day save human lives, as well.

“A lot of the findings that we discover through our clinical research efforts have a direct effect on human health,” he said.

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N.C. State is officially dedicating the school on Friday at 2 p.m. The public is invited to tour the facility from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

The school has placed a brick in memory of WRAL’s newshound Tracker, who passed away in February.

Veterinarians at N.C. State first diagnosed Tracker with uncontrollable seizures. Tracker's family said the veterinarians were crucial in helping Tracker through his condition.

The Wake County SPCA brought Tracker to WRAL News as part of the “Pet of the Day” segment during a noon newscast. He soon found a home at the station.


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  • RandolphBloke May 6, 2011

    "The NC Vet School has unethical standards and I have proof from a Vetinary Professional. I can never forgive what they did to my precious Baxter."

    If that is true, you need to be writing letters with the *proof* of such to the University and veterinary regulatory organizations around the country.

    Posting on GOLO is not the way to handle it, especially when you're being vague and not offering proof of your comments.

    Congrats to the school!!

  • moppie May 6, 2011

    So very happy for NCSU! My Grandfather's springer spaniel was given a hip replacement in 1979 (I think) at the vet hospital. It's always been a fabulous facility and kudos to them for this great achievement!

  • itsnotmeiswear May 6, 2011

    My Golden went into labor on Thanksgiving day 2010. She developed complications so we had to rush her to the NCSU Vet Hospital. They were wonderful, and we had a very happy ending with a healthy mama and eight new additions. Thanks from my family and Sunny. My daughter is now considering it as a career.

  • VW girl 2013 May 6, 2011

    NCSVTH has treated two of our dogs and, even though both have passed on, I truly believe that NCS gave them the best care possible. If ever, any of my other animals were to need care that is above our regular vet's ability, I know it will be NCS that gets our pets & money! They earned every dime I paid for my boys. RIP Harley & Comiskey!

  • Desiderata May 6, 2011

    mhester803..not all people are ethical..I can assure you I would never leave my furbaby without clearly knowing what is going on, with my medical background I have and advantage..We all have our opinions..still the best to the vet hospital!

  • mhester803 May 6, 2011

    The NC Vet School has unethical standards and I have proof from a Vetinary Professional. I can never forgive what they did to my precious Baxter.

  • They call me CATMAN May 6, 2011

    Good news for People and Animals alike. Like Desiderata stated I hope and pray my pets never need to be treated there but it is good to know they are there.

  • Desiderata May 6, 2011

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE! I pray my animals never need to be treated there, but if they need special care, I will be confident they will be getting the best care there is. There are so many fur babies who will be able to benefit , along side the veterinarians and students, vet techs and so many more. May this be a blessed place for all who may enter!

  • devilblue May 6, 2011

    Awesome :)