Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
The 109-year-old, 109-doctor Animal Medical Center is more than halfway to its $70 million fundraising goal.
The New York institution, which calls itself the world’s largest non-profit animal hospital, is relying on the Gift of Love capital campaign to cover the cost of renovating 26,000 square feet of clinical and client space and adding more than 11,000 square feet.
“AMC is the standard-bearer for excellence in the veterinary field, and this campaign will ensure that AMC continues to deliver world-class patient care, drive groundbreaking research, and pioneer new discoveries that are making a difference in both animal and human medicine,” said the hospital’s CEO, Kathryn Coyne.
Animal Medical Center is a Level 1 veterinary trauma center that is open around the clock and offers 17 specialties — from avian and internal medicine to oncology and ophthalmology. Officials reported that the caseload doubled over the last decade to 54,000 patient visits in 2018.
The Gift of Love campaign has raised nearly $43 million to date from 50 donors and is kicking off its public phase.
The 2½-year project, which is expected to break ground in spring 2020, will consist of:
- A completely renovated second floor. “The footprint of the new emergency room and intensive care unit will nearly triple in size, along with six new clinical rooms,” Animal Medical Center reported.
- Expansion of the third floor to update the special care unit and provide an outdoor dog run.
- Launch of the fourth-floor Integrative Health Center and expansion of the Education Center.
- Relocation of the Peri-Operative and Surgical Center on the seventh floor.
- Construction of an additional elevator.