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LSU Vet School Debuts Pet Clinic with “Ribbon-Biting” Ceremony

Officials from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, La., gathered on Monday, May 9, to celebrate the opening of the new Stephenson Pet Clinic. The facility measures in at 40,000 square feet and will serve as a home to companion animal wellness efforts as well as clinical services like community practice / primary care, integrative medicine, dermatology and ophthalmology, according to a press release.

Guests included Oliver Garden, LSU Vet Med dean; LSU President William Tate; and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. And the honors of the actual ribbon-cutting were given to Mac, a Belgian Malinois owned by a staff veterinary technician, who retrieved a toy attached to the ribbon.

The building was named after Emmet and Toni Stephenson, who pledged $25 million to LSU in 2007. The new pet clinic was constructed through a combination of state funds and $4 million from more than 300 individual donors, including the Stephensons. The existing Veterinary Medicine Building was built in 1978, and the new space will accommodate the school’s growth in enrollment, labs and reach of services since then.

“The generosity of Emmet and Toni Stephenson, and all the other donors who made this dream possible, will be memorialized in the rich legacy this wonderful facility will leave for generations to come," said Dean Garden. "The School of Veterinary Medicine is on a firm trajectory of growth in its missions of teaching, healing, discovering, and protecting – nobly serving Louisiana, the nation, and indeed the world. It is the honor of a lifetime to be at the helm of this outstanding veterinary school at this exciting time in our history.”

The facility was designed by Tipton Associates and BDA Architecture and also includes a 6,000-square-foot green roof terrace. The Stephenson Pet Clinic will open to the public in July.

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Matt Jones is senior editor of Spaces4Learning. He can be reached at [email protected].

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