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Veterinary Medical Hospital Construction Reaches Milestone

Veterinary Medical Hospital Construction Reaches Milestone

Friday, December 12, 2014

(Stillwater, Okla., December 12, 2014) – Several Oklahoma State University administration and faculty members gathered this morning at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences to celebrate a milestone in the construction of a new faculty office building.  A Topping Out Ceremony was held marking the completion of the building’s framework. 

The new 13,972 sq. ft. space will house 40 Veterinary Clinical Sciences faculty members.  These veterinarians, most of whom are board certified specialists in their respective fields, provide veterinary medical services to the public and referring veterinarians through the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital.  In addition, this faculty conducts research and serves as clinical instructors for fourth year veterinary students.  

Topping out ceremonies trace back to ancient Scandinavians and have evolved into painting the last beam of the structure white and having designated officials sign the beam.  Lastly the autographed beam is raised to its final destination atop the structure.

On hand for the celebration were OSU President Burns Hargis, Dean of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Dr. Jean Sander, Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Dr. Reed Holyoak, former dean Dr. Michael Lorenz, veterinary center facilities manager Jim Hargrave along with representatives from Long Range Facilities, Studio Architecture, and Lambert Construction.

Also attending were dignitaries from the OSU Foundation, members of the centers’ Veterinary Administrative Council, and Veterinary Clinical Sciences faculty.

“This event has been a long time coming and is due to the efforts of many folks including President Burns Hargis, Vice-President Joe Weaver and former dean Dr. Michael Lorenz,” said Sander.  “I am grateful for all the support that I’ve been provided in making this dream a reality.”

Estimated completion for the Academic Center Faculty Office Building is June 2015. Naming opportunities are still available.  For more information, contact Heather Clay, Sr. Director of Development, at 405-385-5607 or


Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences | 405-744-6740 |

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success.  OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the only veterinary college in Oklahoma.  One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, it is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The center’s Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals.  It also offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association.  OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a brighter future and building a brighter world for all.  As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high quality teaching, research and outreach.  As America’s Healthiest Campus, OSU is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees and the community. For more information, visit or call (405) 744-7000.


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