NC State Dedicates New Veterinary Hospital

Officials at North Carolina State University are dedicating a new $72 million hospital in Raleigh.

Friday's ceremony is for the Randall B. Terry Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the new facility is designed to treat up to 35,000 animals each year.

Medical services director Michael Davidson says there has been a change in attitudes in the past few decades to consider animals more like family members, and less like simply pets.

Davidson says owners expect and are willing to pay for high-quality health care for their animals.

The new facility is about twice as large as the school's old animal hospital.


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  • by Belle's Keeper on May 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    The real question, does it contribute to society? Ask a MG patient if Cellcept gave them a better life? If you hadn't walked for two years and got out of a wheel chair...I think you would see the vet school differently. A lot of contributions are made to science since clinical trials require a test dog. In my case, they needed 10 test dogs with the disease. There were none in captivity at any labs. Two came from the NCS Vet School. There was hope and that was be best I could get. My point was at a time when the state is cutting funding for many projects, people in the community and state stepped up. That was on the web site too. And those roads, yes, I wish 17 N to New Bern was 4 lane....
  • by to Lubba on May 6, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    have you ever heard of a hospital they didnt make money? you act as though building a hospital is a burden to the taxpayers. i dont think anybody would agree with you on this, i certainly dont. i guess you think we shouldnt have roads, street signs, police and fire protection either, right?
  • by Belle's Keeper on May 6, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    Lubba, it was built mainly with donations and does make money; http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/terrycenter/rb-terry.html It is a place for a miracle and the last effort to save an animal. I know first hand. They saved two of my golden retrievers in the past and gave them a good quality of life as a result. This, trust me, I paid for. You would understand that techology, that helped cure my second golden from Myastenia Gravis, led to the one of the leading cures to the disease in humans. She was a test dog, with that being her only hope. Hope, isn't cheap. This is the place that the vets will used when all else fails. The link gives you more information about their program and how its funded. I still donate to the school as many do and I am an ECU alumni. As Sue posted, its the only place in the state you can go see a grown man, woman cry tears of happiness and the tears of loss. I have seen it all there. My golden was given 5 months to live...the program they put her in gave her 6 years. I paid for it too...
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      by Lubba on May 6, 2011 at 08:30 AM in reply to Belle's Keeper
      I am happy for your animals recovery, however as a low end State employee, I do not have money to cover my gas due high prices. I do not have a pet because I cannot afford to. I am happy that you are able to afford these things, but I have not had a raise for 3 years or taken a decent vacation in 4 years because I cannot afford it. If the hospital was funded by donations .....great, but if it cost the State Money....then I feel that the welfare of personal pets was placed above me....as a tax paying citizen. Ain't life grand
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        by Belle's Keeper on May 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to Lubba
        It is fed by donations, the students and some state money, however, it is a profit center for the university. That was on the link I posted. I hadn't had a raise in 7 years, pay my own health insurance and was a teacher for some years. Vacation? I have heard of those...I don't have a single car in my yard that was made in the same decade, a 1952 house and a 12 year old TV...however, when it came to a family member...you make sacrifices. I made a choice, save my golden or get a new car...
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 6, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    Although I've always been anti-N.C. State, I'm glad to see there is a veteranary hospital with people who actually care unlike those people up in Chapel Hill. The vet school is very good to have, not only for the sake of the animals but for the sake of the job market as well. It's a win-win situation for all parties involved.
  • by Sue on May 6, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    The NC State Veterinary Hospital is one of the best by far. I had to take my dog there for cancer treatment and was treated with great kindness and understanding. All of the staff were great, from the greeters in the waiting room who take time as volunteers to sit and talk with you about your emotional issues, to the wonderful students, doctors, and technical staff. Some of the heart ache most of us will never know, is seen on a daily basis at this hospital. So many pets lives saved by the caring and dedicated staff, that may not have had a chance if not for them. I am so glad they will have a new, larger facility to enhance the wonderful things they do already.
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      by Randall on May 6, 2011 at 08:09 AM in reply to Sue
      Sue, I have to agree with you 100%. After reading your comment, I thought about my own experiences with this fine facility. This is sad to say...I and my pets have been treated better, and more professionally at NC State Vet School, than the treatment I and my human family members have received from our local unnamed, Corporate-Not for Profit, Medical Facility in the eastern part of the state. And I have seen this caring attitude carried forward, as these graduates assume positions within locally established vet offices.
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      by John on May 6, 2011 at 10:27 AM in reply to Sue
      I totally agree, they are the BEST facility in North Carolina for emergency and advanced diagnosis care for pets. You walk in troubled and leave with hope and burdens lifted. I send a donation regularly to them. Love the pasture they have for the horses and other out door animals.
  • by Lubba Location: Yep on May 6, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Building,,Building everywhere in NC, Build here, build there, but no money for the workers. Constrcution companies getting rich(Connected with politicians of course) But wait.... the State is broke...No Money for teachers or schools or State employees.....But Build Build Build everywhere. Please lets us vote out everyone in 2012(State level) and break up this ring of crooks. I could care less what party your are in, if your in now, your out in 2012
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      by Really? on May 6, 2011 at 07:11 AM in reply to Lubba
      Pretty sure some of the costs were covered by donations and a massive fund raising campaign.
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