The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Western University of Health
Sciences began the construction process on the Veterinary Clinical Center
with a groundbreaking ceremony held on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. The
new building will be located on the downtown Pomona campus on the
northeast corner of Second and Linden Streets.
Funded by gifts from Banfield, The Pet Hospital, and other donors, the
Veterinary Clinical Center will be located one block east of the
Veterinary Medicine Center. It will provide permanent facilities for
classrooms, teaching laboratories, pet clinical practice and faculty
offices that are now being provided in temporary facilities or those
shared with other colleges on campus. The showpiece of the new
building will be the 8,000 square foot Banfield, The Pet Hospital and
Wellness Center, a state of the art veterinary teaching hospital. The
Banfield, The Pet Hospital and Wellness Center will include patient
examination rooms, paperless records, central treatment room bays,
imaging facilities (digital radiology and ultrasound), pharmacy, clinical
laboratory, two surgery suites, isolation facilities and intensive care
monitoring capabilities for pets.
“”The addition of this comprehensive structure reflects the ongoing
success of the veterinary program at WesternU,”” said Philip Pumerantz,
PhD, founding president of WesternU.
Banfield, The Pet Hospital, a national, neighborhood veterinary practice,
treats more than 90,000 cases per week, at approximately 600 pet
hospitals in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. All
patient data is combined centrally and analyzed continually by
researchers at Banfield, WesternU and other veterinary colleges to
improve the way pets are cared for around the world. Banfield ‘s vision
of providing affordable health care to pets of the quality we expect for
ourselves, has been an important match with founding principles of the
College of Veterinary Medicine that include student-centered learning,
reverence for life and clinical education through strategic partnerships.
“”We are very grateful for our donors’ investment in the education of
future veterinarians,”” said Dr. Shirley Johnston, dean of the College of
Veterinary Medicine. “”There is a great unmet need for veterinarians in
this country, not only in the provision of health care to pets, but also
in provision of care to horses, food animals, zoo animals, and wildlife.
Veterinarians also are important resources in public health and food
Guests at the groundbreaking ceremony included Dr. Scott Campbell,
president and CEO of Banfield, The Pet Hospital, Banfield Senior Vice
Presidents Dr. Will Novak and Richard Norris, Dr. Hugh Lewis, president
of Data Savant, and Tomas Morales, Provost of California State
Polytechnic University, Pomona.
“”It is very exciting to be able to partner with such a great institution,
Dean and faculty to help students learn to be the best veterinarians they
can be,”” said Dr. Campbell. “”Dean Johnston and her team are setting a new
standard for veterinary education that is clearly being watched by
veterinary colleges around the world.””
The Charter Class of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western
University will graduate in May 2007, with keynote speaker actress Betty
White of the Morris Animal Foundation.
Fast facts about the new Veterinary Clinical Center:
1. The new building includes two floors, each measuring 15,600
square feet, for a total of 31,200 square feet.
2. Exterior dimensions are 120′ x 130, with the main entrance facing
3. The building was designed by architects with Ware Malcomb,
Irvine, CA, and will be built by LCS Contractors.
4. Approximately 8,000 square feet of the first floor will be
designed as the Banfield, The Pet Hospital and Wellness Center, a full
service veterinary teaching hospital complete with examination rooms,
central treatment room bays, pharmacy, imaging, clinical laboratory, two
surgery suites, isolation facilities and intensive care monitoring
5. Students learning in the Banfield Wellness Clinic will have
access to more than 260 Banfield Learning Center teaching modules, as
well as a psychomotor skills area for models used in mastering clinical
6. The first floor will also house a multidisciplinary teaching
laboratory, multimedia laboratory, companion animal diagnostic pathology
facility, and student commons.
7. The second floor will include a classroom for 150 students, three
connecting seminar rooms, which have room for 25 seats each, conference
rooms, and faculty, staff and graduate student offices.
8. Completion of the new building is expected by July 2007.
9. The College of Veterinary Medicine opened in August 2003 as the
28th veterinary school in the country, and the first to be opened in more
than 20 years.
10. Eighty-one students, in the charter class, will graduate with the
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in May 2007, in a ceremony at
the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
11. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University is
accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical