CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University will host a grand opening and ribbon “chewing” ceremony Monday, Sept. 23, to celebrate the expansion of the veterinary teaching and clinical facilities.
The 21,729-square-foot expansion of Magruder Hall, the home of the university’s veterinary school, includes additional instruction space and will allow for increased services at the small animal hospital.
The small animal hospital has treated more than 20,000 animals, primarily cats and dogs, since its opening in 2006. Over the past five years, the hospital’s case load has increased an average of 9.1 percent annually.
The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Magruder Hall. A brief ceremony and remarks will be followed by refreshments and tours of the new facilities. The public is welcome to attend. Magruder is located at 700 SW 30th St., Corvallis.
“We’re ecstatic to open these new educational and clinical spaces,” said Dr. Katherine Scollan, the college’s associate dean for students and academic affairs. “The completed expansion will increase patient and client comfort and care, while also enhancing the educational experiences of the veterinary students.”
The expansion includes a new wing for the Lois Bates Acheson Teaching Hospital and a remodeled entrance and reception area for the small animal hospital. The new wing includes six exam rooms, more than doubling the current exam space, and offices for hospital doctors and residents. The new wing will house oncology, cardiology, and internal medicine, freeing up space for the surgery service to expand. The expanded reception area also includes triage and comfort rooms.
A new wing at the south end of the Magruder complex includes a 100-seat lecture hall, a conference room, a student lounge area and the Coffee Corral, a new coffee shop. The lecture hall will help serve the growing veterinary student population; enrollment was increased from 56 students to 72 students per class over the last few years.
In addition to the new facilities, the parking lot for clients of the small animal hospital has been improved and expanded.
The Magruder Hall expansion is supported by a $5 million gift from Gary R. Carlson through the Oregon State University Foundation - a portion of his historic $50 million commitment to the college announced in 2018. Additional funding for the project was provided by earnings from the Lois Bates Acheson Endowment.
About the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine: The primary mission of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is to serve the people of Oregon and the various livestock and companion animal industries by furthering the understanding of animal medical practices and procedures. Through research, clinical practice and extension efforts in the community, the college provides Oregon's future veterinarians with one of the most comprehensive educations available anywhere.