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Focus on the Future

The college's Blacksburg campus is in the midst of a physical transformation to make room for growth to instructional and research programs. Recently completed projects and plans for the next phase of expansion and renovation will provide students with the highest quality veterinary medical education available and meet societal demands for breakthroughs in biomedical research and clinical care.

Veterinary Medicine Instruction Addition (VMIA) - Opened August 2012


The $14.1 million, 30,000-square-foot Veterinary Medicine Instruction Addition includes a state-of-the-art clinical techniques laboratory for second- and third-year veterinary students as well as new faculty offices, student seminar space, and small conference areas. The Silver LEED Certified facility opened in mid-August.

Classroom, laboratory, and hospital renovations

Recently completed projects include:

  • Multi-Disciplinary Laboratory spaces renovated and upgraded for first- and second-year labs
  • Second- and third-year classrooms renovated to include new theater-style seating, carpeting, and ceilings
  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital space renovated to accommodate new Small Animal Community Practice offices, exam rooms, and treatment areas

Planning is underway for:

  • Renovation of commons, cafeteria, and study spaces and digitizing of library resources - target date is Summer 2013
  • Renovation of teaching hospital reception, business office, and examination rooms

The Infectious Disease Research Facility (IDRF) - Opened November 2011


The $10.5 million, 16,000-square-foot Infectious Disease Research Facility, sited adjacent to the teaching hospital complex, includes BSL-2 research facilities on the second floor and research support space on the first floor to accelerate translational medicine research. The facility provides additional space for cutting-edge research that will help find solutions to global infectious diseases affecting all species.

Translational Medicine Building

The final project envisioned as part of the college’s major capital development initiative is a $70 million translational medicine building that will provide a significant expansion of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) and introduce new research space that will support the development of the college’s and university's translational medicine programs.

TMB conceptual plan Translational Medicine Building depicted is a conceptual plan and subject to change.
VMIA and IDRF facilities are complete.

This complex will include a 20,000 square foot addition to the VTH on the first floor, as well as basic and clinical research laboratories on upper floors to be shared among all colleges with biomedical research projects at Virginia Tech. The expansion of VTH space will help alleviate general space shortages, provide room to train an enlarged senior class, and expand the college's clinical services to the general public.

Questions about our Capital Development Initiative?

To learn more about the expansion of the college’s physical plant complex and how you can support this exciting initiative, please contact:

Frank Pearsall, DVM, Director of Development