HARROGATE, Tenn. — Students at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine will soon be able to take classes in its new Small Animal Clinical Skills Center. Set to open in August 2015, the 43,187-square-foot facility houses dedicated clinical spaces including a treatment room with six treatment tables, a private surgical suite, a laboratory and a diagnostic imaging suite equipped with digital radiography and ultrasound.
In the Center’s clinical skills room, students will learn essential veterinary skills on models, simulations and live animals. Built with the latest educational technology to create a superior learning environment, the large open space is equipped with mobile tables, flat screen monitors, wireless microphones, HD cameras, wireless Internet, recording capability, multimedia ports and streaming technology.
“It is an exciting time to be studying veterinary medicine, and especially here at Lincoln Memorial University,” said Dr. Glen Hoffsis, dean of LMU-CVM. “Our inaugural class is beginning their second year where they will be learning small animal skills, and now, students have the opportunity to train in a state-of-the-art facility using the latest technology.”
The 3,500-square-foot surgery suite accommodates 24 surgery tables with a central teaching HD camera, flat screen monitors, wireless microphones and multimedia ports. Adjacent to the surgical area is a surgical supply and a special procedures room, complete with 24 wet tables, oxygen, scavenger, surgical sinks and exam lights where surgical prep, treatments or dentals are performed. Students use Cornerstone Software to input records and submit anesthesia and medicine requests in the records processing room, which is outfitted with 22 computer stations, while animals recover in the nearby recovery rooms. The sterilization room has an autoclave, washer/dryer and instrument washer/disinfector for processing post‐surgical instruments and supplies. The building also has two isolation suites, complete with ante‐room and perpetual video monitoring, where the students learn proper isolation protocols.
Students have access to lockers, changing rooms, a student lounge complete with a kitchen, a 150-seat classroom and numerous study rooms. The building also houses multiple faculty and staff offices to accommodate future growth.