Construction of the new Animal Health Clinic is anticipated to be completed in early 2018. SUPPLIED PHOTO
Animals of all types may be taking sick days to get some TLC from Lakeland College students in Vermilion who will be running the new Animal Health Clinic this fall.
The 14,531 sq. ft. clinic will be completed in March and outfitted in time for the first class of animal health technology and veterinary medical assistant programs in September.
“We’ll put our students in the driver’s seat and let them take the lead in their education,” said Elaine Suddaby, program head, animal health technology.
The student-led clinic will expose students to realistic animal care services, industry partnerships and more with free pets, scratches, rubs and hugs in store for four-legged clients.
“They’ll care for a wider variety of patients using state-of-the-art equipment and interact with clients in our open concept reception area,” said Suddaby.
“We’re excited about this concept and where it’ll take our students.”
The facility will house large lab spaces, separate cat and dog wards, a dental lab, a modern surgical suite, and more exam and treatment rooms.
There will also be a separate pharmacy and an expanded equine intake area as well as stocks and stalls
“We’re excited about all of the details going into the clinic,” said Suddaby.
“We’ll have new technology that’ll only enhance student learning from an ultrasound machine to a digital radiography, and supportive flooring for our large animals.”
Suddaby said the clinic will be a comfortable atmosphere for everyone.
The facility’s exterior construction is near completion with only the walls and windows left to install while the interior design will be completed over the coming weeks.
The estimated cost of the clinic is $8.2 million with about $4.2 million from federal and provincial funding and another $1.2 million from Lakeland’s Access to the Future grant.
Lakeland has allocated internal resources to the project and is raising funds for the balance.