Moving Towards the Future

Moving Toward the Future

Thanks to the dedication of our donors, there is a lot of activity around the UC Davis veterinary hospital as we create the heart of the new Veterinary Medical Center. The current renovations are generating additional diagnostic, examination and treatment space while facilitating more efficient workflow. In addition, two new satellite expansions are underway. 

“As each project is completed over the coming months and years, we move forward in transforming the future of veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Joshua Stern, associate dean for Veterinary Medical Center operations and chief veterinary medical officer. “It’s an exciting time to be part of our growth as a leading center of healing, innovation and discovery.”

Inset image on left shows a rendering of the future Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Center  which will allow the current dental surgery suite, pictured, to expand.
Rendering of the future Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Center which will allow the current dental surgery suite, pictured, to expand.

Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Center

With the addition of a faculty member and clinical caseload reaching new heights, the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service needs expanded space. The hospital is creating the Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Center — a state-of-the-art facility that will allow for greater innovations in dental care for small animals. Currently in the design phase, renovation of the new suite in the Small Animal Clinic will begin in the coming months.

Small Animal Specialty Services

Expanded and more efficient workspace is being created for the Cardiology, Nutrition, Behavior, and Dermatology Services. The new Cardiology suite in the Veterinary Medicine 2 building (VM2) offers separate student workspace and clinical space, triples the service’s existing footprint, and offers close proximity to their interventional catheter laboratory. A new three-room home for Nutrition in VM2 is currently in the design phase, and Behavior will transition to unused space in the Medical Sciences 1B building. Finally, Dermatology will expand near their existing examination room in VM2, into the rooms vacated by Cardiology. 

Advanced Veterinary Surgery Center

Creation of the Advanced Veterinary Surgery Center in the Medical Sciences 1B building is currently underway. This facility will allow the Orthopedic Surgery Service to continue their groundbreaking procedures and world-class resident training, while offering more availability to cover the ever-increasing small animal surgical caseload. Completion of the center is expected in early 2023.

Equine Lameness and Sports Medicine Improvements

The Large Animal Clinic’s hay barn will be repurposed in 2022 for a lameness evaluation center that will include a small arena, trotting lane, and more efficient space with improved footing to evaluate performance horses until the Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center is constructed in the coming years.  

California Animal Health and Food Safety — Turlock

The California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) laboratory in Turlock will soon be replaced with a state-of-the-art facility as part of a joint project funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The CAHFS Turlock laboratory offers veterinary necropsy, diagnostic testing, and disease surveillance services for avian and poultry species in the region. The new 41,000-square-foot facility will add services for mammalian species to better serve the local dairy industry and expand the laboratory’s biotechnology offerings. The joint facility will also house CDFA staff to increase collaboration between the agencies and coordination of disease outbreak response efforts. This project has been fully funded by the California Legislature and is currently in the design phase with construction to begin in 2023.

If you are interested in partnering with us on advancing animal health by supporting the creation of these new clinical spaces, please contact the Development office at 530-752-7024.