Center will improve the CVM’s ability to serve Georgia’s animal agricultural industries
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine broke ground on a new facility on their campus in Tifton, Georgia recently. The UGA Tifton Farm Animal Veterinary Medical Center will improve the CVM’s ability to serve Georgia’s animal agricultural industries and will strengthen the South Georgia region overall.
“The goal of this new facility is to strengthen our support of farmers and producers in this area and increase our students’ exposure to the unique needs of South Georgia,” said Lisa K. Nolan, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “It fits perfectly into the College’s long-range plans to better serve all parts of Georgia and to encourage our graduates to practice in rural areas. It will allow us to more efficiently deliver veterinary services to livestock owners and, with its proximity to our Tifton Diagnostic Lab, will strengthen the relationship between the clinical and diagnostic sides of veterinary medicine.”
The groundbreaking ceremony featured remarks from state representative Penny Houston (R-Dist. 170) as well as College personnel. Former state senators John Crosby (R-Dist. 13) and John Bulloch (R-Dist. 11), both of whom were instrumental in helping secure the funding for the project, were in attendance as well as Representative Clay Pirkle (R-Dist. 155), representatives from the College’s advisory board, and constituent groups such as the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Milk Producers, and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Construction on the facility will begin immediately with an expected completion in spring 2020.