One of the flagship teaching facilities at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the Foster Hospital for Small Animals (FHSA), will be undergoing renovation until the end of June 2016 in order to provide clients and their animal patients with a more comfortable and contemporary treatment setting. The project will include renovating 18,172 ft2 of existing space and adding 4,552 ft2 of new construction. This renovation will allow the FHSA to accommodate an increasing number of students and client cases while optimizing clinical functionality and modelling best-practices in veterinary teaching and learning. The results will be an improved experience for clients and their animals, and a hospital facility matching current expectations for quality, efficiency, and operational reliability.
Four primary features of the FHSA renovation are:
- A larger, more welcoming reception area with separate spaces for different species of animals to help reduce the level of stress on patients and their families while waiting for their care givers
- Twenty-five percent more state-of-the art exam rooms to help with care for the growing number of patients who seek sophisticated specialty care
- New and larger treatment rooms for specialty services in ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology, and dermatology to help care for more animals while reducing client and patient wait times for these specialty services
- A new reflection room to provide clients with a quiet, comforting space to carefully consider important decisions regarding their animal’s health care situation
These improvements will help ensure that the Cummings School remains competitive into the future in recruiting the best veterinary students and faculty.
Consistent with the University’s commitment to sustainability, the FHSA renovation also incorporates energy-reducing design elements and will renew infrastructure with conservation as a goal. This includes two new high-efficiency air handling units with energy recovery systems and independently controlled heating/cooling zones.
To learn more about the FHSA, please visit their website.