Ontario Veterinary College Opens Isolation Unit

A new large animal isolation unit that sets the standard for patient housing and infection control opened May 25 at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

Animals showing signs of infectious disease will immediately be directed to the isolation unit. These potentially infectious animals will be separated from other patients, particularly horses that are being admitted for elective medical/surgical evaluations or other procedures.

The 9,000-square-foot facility includes 12 separated stalls with video monitoring from a central station and sophisticated diagnostic equipment. Each stall features its own nursing station and has dual access, with interior and exterior doors to improve the efficiency and working conditions for staff and clinicians.

"It's very exciting to be opening the doors of this long-awaited facility," said OVC Dean Elizabeth Stone, DVM, MS, MPP. "We've always provided innovative health-care services, and this new unit gives our clients yet another reason to be confident in our ability to provide the best care possible."

Located in the southwest corner of the OVC complex, the isolation facility serves as the anchor for the new OVC Health Sciences Centre, which will include the new Pathobiology Building and Animal Health Laboratory and the Hill's Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre, both scheduled for completion in 2010. Other developments include an animal cancer care center, an equine sports medicine and reproduction center, and other improvements to the OVC Teaching Hospital.

Construction of the isolation center was funded through infrastructure grants from the federal and provincial governments, with additional support from the University.

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