The OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (CVHS) provides the only 24/7 Small Animal Critical Care Unit (SACCU) within a 200 mile radius. Staffed and equipped to handle serious emergency and critical care cases, the CVHS Teaching Hospital’s small animal unit treats nearly 8,000 cases a year, serving patients in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas.
Over $600,000 in private gifts funded the completed renovations to the small animal critical care unit in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A generous naming level gift was received from the Kirkpatrick Foundation to launch the greatly needed upgrades that have provided for more efficient use of space, increased case load, improved treatment for all small animals, and the most advanced training for veterinary students including improved communications technology for distance interactive learning. Many other grateful clients and donors supplied interior room naming gifts for large dog areas, feline rooms, quiet rooms and equipment provisions.
Providing specialized equipment for the upgraded SACCU improves patient care for dogs and cats, creating an environment to provide advanced training in small animal care procedures and practices for veterinary students. This specialized equipment will enable the VTH to efficiently monitor the extremely demanding and difficult cases on a daily basis. Since a large percentage of CVHS graduates remain in the state of Oklahoma, providing care utilizing this type of equipment will positively impact the future of small animal veterinary care within the region.
The need for specialized equipment to this area exists continually. Donations may be made by contacting Heather Clay, 405.385.5607.