The CCAH completed a $16.7 million, 36,000-square-foot addition in 2004. The facility houses the CCAH's administrative offices as well as two state-of-the-art laboratories. The first floor is dedicated to clinical services including the Community Practice service. The veterinary hospital's oncology services have been enhanced with the addition of a linear accelerator housed at the CCAH which can treat both small and large animals. The facility also includes chemotherapy treatment rooms and an outpatient pharmacy. In January 2004, clinicians and researchers moved into this new facility (including Medical and Radiation Oncology units, Pharmacy, Genetics and Physical Rehabilitation). This facility and all its major equipment have been funded by private donations from individuals and foundations.
CCAH Art Exhibits
Some of our patients and their human friends spend a substantial amount of time in our waiting areas; with this in mind the CCAH provides artwork for the enjoyment of our visitors such as a photography collection, art gallery, exhibit of collectables, sculptures and a tranquil garden.
The first floor lobby features antique citrus crate labels from the 1920s and 1930s decorated with landscapes, ladies, flowers, sports, famous people and animals. Labels depicting dogs were more popular than those depicting cats, reflecting the comparative value of dogs as pets during this era. The dog labels have three general themes. The first theme honors a breed (collie, spaniel, terrier and so forth). The second theme honors a valued canine trait (fidelity, security, hunter and the like). The third theme is humorous (Fido, Pup, Highland Laddie). Cat labels portray the common feelings of the day toward the species (like a red cat as an allusion to cat's devilish nature). The exhibit is courtesy of Dr. Niels Pedersen, former CCAH director.
The first floor lobby also features a collection of black and white photographs from the 1940s. The collection consist of a photographic narrative of a young boy and his dog visiting their local veterinarian. The photos depict the reception, diagnosis and treatment (the setting of a broken leg) of this boy's beloved pet. This collection is not only important because of the historical perspective it lends to companion animal veterinary care, but also the human-animal bond so effectively represented in the hopeful and desperate eyes of the young pet owner as he waits for his companion to be treated. This collection is courtesy of the Museum of Veterinary Medicine.
Bennett Conference Room
The CCAH building features the Bennett Conference Room that features full audio and visual capabilities including video conferencing, seating for up to 40 people, telephone conferencing, wireless and LAN network connectivity and an adjacent food preparation station convenient for catered events. These features make this an ideal location for business meetings and small academic seminars. The use of this space is limited to official School of Veterinary Medicine functions and is not open to the public.