May 26, 2008, St.Hyacinthe, QC – Canada’s most modern University Veterinary Hospital Centre (UVHC), the cornerstone of the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, was inaugurated in St-Hyacinthe on May 23rd.
Federal and provincial governments invested over $74 million to double
and renovate the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’s outdated facilities
to establish a new multidisciplinary animal healthcare pole.
The Government of Canada invested $35.4 million towards the new facilities; while Government of Quebec invested a total of $41.1 million – $23.9 million for the centre and an additional $17.2 million for research and training – while the Université de Montréal provided remaining funds. The opening took place among dignitaries, partners and guests that included Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for the Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière constituency, and Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, the UVHC was designed as a fully integrated medical facility where equine, bovine, farm, domestic and exotic animals can be diagnosed, admitted and treated.
The UVHC will serve as the hub of 60 professors and researchers, 100 support staff as well as 40 interns and residents. The veterinary professionals will also work to advance research on major illness that affect mammals, from cancer to arthritis, which may one day have human applications.
Four Sectors Under One Roof
The UVHC treat about 14,000 animals each year. Most hospitalizations average two days. The UVHC is comprised of four sectors:
- The farm animal hospital provides medical and surgical services to a variety of livestock: pigs, cows, chickens, sheep, goats, lamas and ostrich. The hospital admits about 700 cases per year.
- The equine hospital treats up to 1,500 elite race or sporting horses per annum.
- The roving clinic features a team of specialists who provides about 3,600 on-site farm visits per year to treat livestock. Calls can be made to milk, beef, pig and poultry producers.
- A domestic pet hospital treats up to 12,000 cats and dogs.
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