The first of several tilt-up, pre-cast concrete walls were put into place on Thursday by cranes as construction on Western University of Health Sciences’ new Veterinary Clinical Center took a major first step. The two-story, 31,200-square foot center is expected to be finished by February 2008. The ground floor will include a student commons, Banfield The Pet Hospital, a wet lab, and an audio-visual training room. Faculty and staff offices will be housed on its second floor, along with a lecture hall and conference rooms. Two additional buildings are being planned and are expected to be completed in 2009. They will include the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Optometry, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and the College of Podiatric Medicine. (Image courtesy of Western University of Health Sciences. All rights reserved.)