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Athens, GA 30602 USA
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Updates

August 9, 2014 — Athens Banner-Herald: Vet into motion: UGA Veterinary teaching hospital set for March opening. The new teaching hospital and education building project is well underway; the article says it "doesnít look so much like a building but the beginnings of a small town rising up out of the ground." Regarding the sheer size of the project: "Itís a big building: One corridor in the building is about as long as a football field. But the hospital is also designed so that people can find their way easily from one place to another."

July 18, 2014 — The Red & Black: New vet hospital: Better amenities for students, patients. An update on the new veterinary teaching hospital that is under construction at the intersection of College Station and Barnett Shoals roads.

February 1, 2013 — Athens Banner-herald: Work beginning on three big UGA construction projects. The article states, "Excavation and filling on the construction site will continue for several months, he [UGA Campus Architect Danny Sniff] said. 'You wonít see anything come out of the ground until the middle of the summer,' Sniff said. 'Itís just that big of a project.'"

January 17, 2013 — DVM Newsmagazine/DVM360: UGA sees new long-awaited veterinary teaching hospital materialize.

November 19, 2012 — Photos from the Groundbreaking: View the groundbreaking candid and group photos uploaded to the College's Flickr account.

November 9, 2012 — Athens Banner-Herald: UGA breaks ground for huge veterinary medicine hospital

October 26, 2012 — Press Release: UGA to hold groundbreaking for new veterinary teaching complex

September 18, 2012 — Groundbreaking date of November 9, 2012, announced for Veterinary Medical Learning Center

July 1, 2012 — JAVMA: Funding approved for Georgia project. ?New capacity allows for more space, students.

May 7, 2012 — Athens Banner-Herald: Governor signs $19.3 billion state budget. $52.3 million in bond funding is approved to build the new Veterinary Medical Learning Center (the $51 million figure quoted in the article is incorrect).

February 25, 2012 — The Red & Black: New Vet School facility to start construction fall 2012

February 16, 2012 — Athens Banner-Herald: UGA's budget woes easing, school's president says — Article mentions funding for the VMLC is one of UGA's top three goals in this legislative session.

February 16, 2012 — The Red & Black: About $7 million cuts expected for the Univ. teaching program, the smallest in three years — The article quotes University President Michael F. Adams as saying that the new VMLC is a "game-changing facilit[y]."

February 8, 2012 — InsideHigherEd.com: Vet School Surge: Veterinary schools expand, with focus on large animals — Article mentions how veterinary schools and colleges nationwide — including UGA — are expanding to accommodate more students and reduce the shortage of (particularly rural) veterinarians.

January 20, 2012 — The Red & Black: Gov. Deal propose cuts to University System FY12 budget, more money could be seen in FY13 — Article mentions the proposed allocation of $52.3 million to build the VMLC, as well as the $15 million in private funds raised for the building.

January 15, 2012 — Athens Banner-Herald: Deal's budget boosts funding for UGA, new doctors — Article mentions that Gov. Dealís proposed bond package includes $52 million to build the VMLC.
See also: Atlanta Business Chronicle: Georgia budget to fund four major college building projects

January 9, 2012 — (Anderson, S.C.) Independent-Mail: Money restored for UGA veterinary medicine project.

Nov. 12, 2011 — Athens Banner-Herald: UGA president optimistic about budget — Article mentions our recent success in fundraising for the VMLC.

Sept. 18, 2011 — Athens Banner-Herald: UGA vet school in tight spot — The Board of Regents will ask Gov. Nathan Deal to approve funding for our new veterinary medical learning center. "If the governor includes the request in his budget request for next year and the legislature approves, the state could sell bonds for the project next summer. Workers could break ground about a year from now for the project and finish construction in about two years."

May 19, 2011 — Athens Banner-Herald: Deal whacks funds to plan UGA facility — Article mentions the proposed teaching hospital (the Veterinary Medical Learning Center), which has received funds for planning but no construction funding yet. According to the article, Deal prefers to first fund construction projects that have already been planned over funding the planning process for additional projects.

Jan. 25, 2011 — Athens Banner-Herald: Editorial: Delay for UGA veterinary school is OK — "The current veterinary teaching hospital, built in 1979, is more than 30 years old and is inadequate for current needs. However, Deal's decision, while it does affect the state's flagship institution of higher education, doesn't seem to indicate any particular animosity toward postsecondary education."

Jan. 22, 2011 — Athens Banner-Herald: UGA may have to wait on new vet facility — "Construction on a planned new University of Georgia veterinary teaching hospital could be set back a year or more as Gov. Nathan Deal pulls back on the state's debt load."

Jan. 17, 2011 — Athens Banner-Herald: Lawmakers to dig into Deal's proposed cuts — "One expenditure on the chopping block could be a new teaching hospital for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UGA asked for $62 million to build the 280,000-square-foot Veterinary Medicine Learning Center, but Deal budgeted only $10 million."

Jan. 10, 2011 — Athens Banner-Herald: University seeks funds for projects — University of Georgia administrators will ask for money for a new veterinary hospital and science center while bracing themselves for more cuts when the state legislature convenes today.

In 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue (DVM '71) and the Georgia General Assembly allocated $7.7 million in planning money for the Veterinary Medical Learning Center. The planning money, which was part of a construction bond package approved by the legislature, will enable the UGA Office of the University Architects to complete construction documents for the facility, and for site work to begin.

In order to request and secure construction funds from the General Assembly, it is expected that we raise $15 million of the total project estimate of $113 million. We have raised $5.3 million thus far, and plan to raise the remaining funds by spring 2011. Here's how you can help.

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced that Perkins & Will is the architectural firm hired to design the new hospital.

News

Sept. 17, 2010 — Athens Banner-Herald: Vet school expansion could begin in a year — Workers could begin building a $113 million Veterinary Medicine Learning Center for the University of Georgia as soon as a year from now, University Architect Danny Sniff told a community group Thursday evening.
http://onlineathens.com/stories/091710/uga_708767166.shtml

Aug. 11, 2010 — Athens Banner-Herald: Regents committee OKs vet hospital — The committee recommended proceeding with UGA's request for funding from the legislature for the new Veterinary Medical Learning Center.
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/081110/uga_693310162.shtml

Aug. 1, 2010 — 147th AVMA Annual Convention Daily News: UGA looking to dramatically expand facilities
http://www.avma.org/convention/news/sunday13.asp

May 1, 2010 — DVM Newsmagazine: UGA nails $7.7 million for vet college expansion. Article talks about the new Veterinary Medical Learning Center, and the planning money the college was awarded by the state legislature.
http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/UGA-nails-77-million-for-vet-college-expansion/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/666586

Feb. 15, 2010 — The Union-Recorder (Milledgeville, Ga.): UGA vet school eyes expansion to new campus
http://unionrecorder.com/news_tab3/x1413002516/UGA-vet-school-eyes-expansion-to-new-campus

Feb. 7, 2010 — Athens Banner-Herald: Cramped UGA vet school eyes expansion to new campus on eastside
www.onlineathens.com/stories/020710/uga_559646361.shtml
Also appeared in the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville): http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2010-02-14/story/uga_hopes_to_split_its_veterinary_college_into_2

This page was last reviewed on August 11, 2014.