A rendering of the Equine Performance Center, a future facility that is part of a $2 billion fundraising campaign at the University of California, Davis. • Courtesy of UC Davis.

Equine Facilities Part of $2 Billion Effort at UC Davis

An equine surgical facility and performance center are part of a $2 billion fundraising campaign underway at the University of California, Davis. It is part of the largest philanthropic effort in the history of UC Davis, officials say.

Part of the “Expect Greater: From UC Davis, For The World” campaign, the School of Veterinary Medicine portion of the $2 billion goal includes a decade-long campaign to raise more than $500 million to create a new veterinary hospital that would set the gold standard of care while defining advanced clinical research and education. 

The school’s existing Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital opened in 1970 and was built to see 3,000 patients per year. While there have been additions to the facility over the years—increasing the square footage by about 60%—the hospital’s caseload has increased more than 1,600% to more than 50,000 cases per year.

“This caseload increase is stretching our personnel and resources to an extreme extent,” said Dr. Karl Jandrey, associate dean of Admissions and Student Programs and a critical care specialist in the hospital’s Emergency Room, said in a statement from the college. “Our large and diverse caseload provides a tremendous learning environment for our students and house officers, but we have to ensure those opportunities are not jeopardized by the limited footprint in which we train them.”

Equine Performance Center

In 2021, the school looks to continue Phase I with commencing construction of the All Species Imaging Center, where the world’s largest veterinary radiology team will diagnose patients, and train students and residents with the most advanced imaging technologies in medicine – including CTs, MRIs, and PET scanners.

Greater in scope than any previous school expansion, the Veterinary Medical Center campaign will then focus on transforming the Large Animal Clinic into three distinct treatment areas – the Livestock and Field Services Center, the Equine Surgery and Critical Care Center, and the Equine Performance Center.

“The equine specialists at UC Davis have provided the very best care to so many horses, including our own,” stated long-time clients and donors Robert and Colleen Haas. “The Equine Performance Center will take their capacity for assessment, treatment, and clinical research to an even higher level and will be a tremendous resource to horse owners everywhere.”

Other Improvements

Plans for an entirely updated Small Animal Hospital will be the final phase of the decade-long project, coming in the late 2020s and more than doubling the size of the current clinical space for small animals.

Officials say the future Veterinary Medical Center will push the limits of veterinary medicine to increase knowledge and provide optimal care. School leadership envisions a comprehensive center for veterinary medicine unlike any in the world: a center of healing where clients trust that their animals will be treated with expertise and compassion; a center of innovation where clinicians, scholars, and students collaborate in integrated teams to advance the health of animals, people, and the environment; and a center of discovery where transformational research breaks new ground in areas from stem cell therapies to food safety.

The multi-phased Veterinary Medical Center campaign was already underway over the past two years with several Phase I renovation projects in the hospital—including six new examination rooms, a feline-only suite, laundry and support facilities, locker rooms, and restrooms—and the construction of a new Large Animal Support Facility.