"UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Administrative Center to Open"

The Veterinary Medicine Student Services and Administration Center houses 100 staff and school leaders dedicated to providing a range of services and support for the school’s community of students, faculty and staff. This facility is a major piece of the school’s overall masterplan designed to co-locate the teaching, research, clinical and administrative functions at the Health Sciences District in modern, state-of-the-art buildings. New teaching, research and community practice clinical facilities have already been completed as elements of this multi-phased masterplan. The center brings together teams currently housed in multiple locations, promoting easier communications and collaborations, and increase efficiencies.

Both the indoor and outdoor space includes artwork to enhance the overall environment and engage the creative imagination of our community. A signature two-story mosaic wall, created by artist Mike Mandel, embodies the inherent principles of the school: the bond between animals and humans; the connection to the environment; and the teacher-student mentorship relationship. The mosaic features many hands making contact with a horse, depicting empathy and the direct connection between the human team and the animal during a clinical examination. The mosaic includes geographic elements illustrating the northern California terrain, merging the environment with the animal health message. 

Additionally, artist Nina Kaiser created three bronze sculptures -- a goat, a pig, and a dog and two geese facing off at each other -- installed outside in locations around the patio area and event lawn. The building also includes a permanent scholarship donor honor roll. This feature recognizes the important contributions of alumni and friends to support our student’s educational success.

The overall cost of the project was $27.9M (including the café) funded by the campus and School of Veterinary Medicine gift funds. 

Grand Opening Event – March 29, 2017

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.