Breakefield Veterinary Education Center

The new hub for Wilson’s four-year veterinary medical technology (VMT) program provides a stronger learning environment resulting in better patient care, exceptional student graduates and a faculty and staff with a renewed commitment to programmatic distinction.

December 13, 2019

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Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

The new hub for Wilson’s four-year veterinary medical technology (VMT) program provides a stronger learning environment resulting in better patient care, exceptional student graduates and a faculty and staff with a renewed commitment to programmatic distinction. The Breakefield Veterinary Education Center replaces the 20-year-old Helen M. Beach Veterinary Medical Center.  The new facility also expands the program to include Equi Assist® to train students in providing home health care to horses under the guidance of a veterinarian.

Students, faculty and staff have all shared their excitement for the new building and its many amenities. The addition of the simulation laboratory enables students to build confidence quickly as they learn and master their clinical skills. The technology in the surgical suites and classrooms is truly first-rate, providing opportunities for students to interact with other hospital operating rooms, view surgeries and experience remote learning at other institutions.  Wilson College’s program is the only 4-year Bachelor of Science program in Pennsylvania and one of only 22 in the nation.

This is a Design-Build project with Mowery Construction and the new facility’s footprint is almost twice as large as the existing Center.  The new Center will include: 2 surgery rooms, Dental room, Recovery room, Isolation room, Clinical practice area, Kennels, Indoor dog run, Cat room, Office, Lounge, and Laundry fidelities.

“Murray’s approach during the design phase helped turn the project team’s vision into a teaching and clinical environment that is cutting-edge … and within budget. Thank you for your dedication and hard work. I enjoyed my involvement with you and the Murray Team. With your help, we now have a facility that will serve and benefit generations of students to come.”

James Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS Associate Professor of Surgery University of Pennsylvania and Wilson College Trustee January 13, 2020


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