Lincoln Memorial University’s emerging College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) has received a grant in excess of $500,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission to help fund construction of the Large Animal Teaching and Research Center (LATRC) of the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine in Lee County, Va.
The $537,000 grant benefits LMU-CVM, which will be the 30th veterinary school in the United States and among the first veterinary colleges dedicated to serving Appalachia, and more specifically Virginia. LMU-CVM is now recruiting students for enrollment in the inaugural class, slated to begin in Fall 2014.
The LATRC will provide education for veterinary students, diagnostic veterinary animal services, research in veterinary medicine and outreach to Appalachia. Every student conferred the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from LMU-CVM will be required to complete close to three years of curricular coursework at the LATRC.
“This grant is a wonderful tool as we continue to fulfill our mission of providing educational opportunities to the underserved of Appalachia and beyond,” said LMU President B. James Dawson. “The LATRC is an essential resource for our emerging College of Veterinary Medicine and the students it will serve. Without the support and contributions of our many partners, this venture would not be possible.”
Once fully completed, the LATRC will include facilities designated for education, research and service in veterinary medicine. The Virginia Tobacco Commission grant will aid in construction of the core 13,080-square-foot Main Building, which will house student spaces such as restrooms and showers, a large classroom and a student break room. The facility will also include faculty and staff offices, a conference room, a pharmacy and a clinical laboratory. The Bovine Clinical Skills wing will house up to 90 cows at one time and serve as a space where faculty will teach students about the anatomy and physiology of the cow, how to perform thorough physical exams, and clinical skill techniques in ultrasound, artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, anesthesia, restraint, medicine and surgery. This core facility is part of a comprehensive plan which, once to full capacity, will include construction of a Large Animal Clinical Skills Center, an Equine Teaching Center that will require a herd of thirty horses, an Isolation Facility and an Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. The grant was submitted by Dr. Jason W. Johnson, assistant professor of veterinary medicine and medical director of the LATRC.
“Not only will the LATRC provide a place for our veterinary medicine students to learn large animal medicine and surgery, it will also benefit animal agricultural capacity in Virginia,” said Johnson. “The facility will provide a platform to offer trainings and certifications to key area animal stakeholders as well as ambulatory outreach services and accessible experts.”
Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Va. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s Division of Health Sciences and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150.
Caption: An artist’s rendering of the completed Main Building of the LMU Large Animal Teaching and Research Center in Ewing, Va., which is currently under construction.