North Carolina State University will dedicate the Randall B. Terry, Jr., Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center on May 6. The 110,000-square-foot addition will more than double the current size of NC State’s Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), making it one of the largest, most technologically advanced veterinary facilities in the country.
The $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. The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $38 million for the facility in 2006, and additional private funds paid for the remaining costs.
The Terry Center is designed to offer advanced veterinary technologies to its patients. The new medical center will double the number of exam rooms and surgery suites previously available at the Small Animal VTH, and will add expanded patient visitation areas, dedicated teaching space, and a spacious new pharmacy.
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.
Combined, the Terry Center, the Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center, and the emerging Veterinary Health and Wellness Center (housed in the Small Animal VTH), will create the Veterinary Health Complex on NC State’s Centennial Biomedical Campus (CBC). The CBC advances biomedical research, bio- and agro-security, food animal health and food safety, ecosystem health, animal welfare, and the critical job of training the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary scientists.