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About the Terry Center


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The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center fulfills Mr. Terry’s vision of creating a “national model of excellence” in specialty companion animal health care. Some 12 years in the planning and development, the $72 million Terry Center complex is made possible by the philanthropist’s $20 million bequest, appropriations from the 2006 North Carolina General Assembly, and ongoing private donations that continued to be matched by the R.B. Terry, Jr. Charitable Foundation.


With a focus on patient care, client comfort, and staff efficiency, the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center is designed to help clinicians exceed client and referring veterinarian expectations for compassionate, state-of-the-art specialty health care.

The Terry Center, at 110,000-square-feet, 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 VTH had a planned capacity of 12,000 cases. Today our clinicians annually examine, diagnose, and treat more than 20,000 small animal 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 working with partner veterinarians and ensuring the health and well-being of companion animals.

Design features include:

Medical enhancements include:

Terry Center At a Glance information pdf.

Perspectives on the Terry Center. New Era in Veterinary Medicine video. Members of the College of Veterinary Medicine community discuss the Terry Center in this video. Editorial in the Raleigh News & Observer. Pre-opening coverage of the Terry Center: NBC-17 "My Carolina Today"

Clinical Services

The Terry Center is organized into individual specialty referral services, each with board-certified specialists and knowledgeable referral coordinators to answer your questions and schedule appointments.

Available Diagnostic Services and Clinical Support

Patient Support Services

Client Support Services

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