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About the Terry Center


Philanthropist Randall B. Terry, Jr. had a vision of a spacious and welcoming veterinary medical center that would be a national model of excellence. The goal was to ensure compassionate and leading-edge specialty health care for companion animals by surrounding a dedicated staff with advanced medical facilities and state of the art diagnostic and treatment technologies.

This goal will be achieved in May with the dedication of the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center. Located at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the 110,000-square foot, Terry Center is one of the nation's largest veterinary hospitals and is more than twice the size of the original Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital. When it began operating in 1983, the Small Animal VTH had a planned capacity of 12,000 cases. Today NC State clinicians annually examine, diagnose, and treat more than 20,000 patients referred to them by private practice veterinarians.

Veterinary medicine has experienced dramatic changes since 1983, including the growth of specialties and sub-specialties. The Terry Center is designed to meet the requirements of specialization and associated state of the art technologies. The heart of the new center remains an outstanding medical community that includes 123 faculty, 83 house officers (interns and residents), some 115 students, and 179 staff members—all dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of a client's pet.

With a focus on patient care, client comfort, and staff efficiency, the $72 million Terry Center complex is dedicated to exceeding client and referring veterinarian expectations for compassionate, state-of-the-art specialty health care. The Terry Center is made possible through an innovative private/ public collaboration involving Randall Terry's $20 million bequest, appropriations from the 2006 North Carolina General Assembly, and ongoing private donations that are matched by the R.B. Terry, Jr. Charitable Foundation.

Among the design features:

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