Renovation and expansion plan (Courtesy: UT Veterinary Medical Center)
The Equine rehab center features an underground,indoor treadmill
Featuring an in-ground, underwater treadmill, a saltwater spa, and a stainless steel cow jacuzzi: At first glance, the UT Veterinary Medical Center expansion project could resemble a spa, rather than an animal hospital.
The new, state-of-the-art facility will soon provide many veterinary services found nowhere else in the state of Tennessee.
"The facilities are going to match the expertise," said Dr. Steve Adair, Associate Professor of Equine Surgery and a double-Board Certified Veterinarian.
"What we want to do is have the facilities so people won't have to drive three or four hours to other facilities. Everything they need will be here at the University of Tennessee."
The project centers around a new Equine and Large Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. Features include an Orthopedic Diagnostic Center offering farrier services, an indoor arena and multiple rehab tools. A new imaging Center will allow both large and small animals access to Spiral CT scans and MRI.
The center's Ambulatory and Field Services Unit will also get a new space.
In total, the project will span nearly 85,000 square feet, with a $20.9 million price tag.
The Equine Hospital and rehab center is expected to open later this year, in November or December. The Farm Animal Hospital is scheduled to open in spring 2013.