Horses help break ground for new BHC Veterinary Technology Center

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Two horses pulling a plow helped Black Hawk College officials break ground June 16, 2015, for the new Veterinary Technology Center at the college’s East Campus south of Kewanee.

The facility will house the college’s new 80-credit-hour Veterinary Technology Associate in Applied Science program and two corresponding certificate programs.

Students will learn in the new state-of-the-art teaching facility and hospital where live animal cases and practical hands-on experience will fulfill USDA-mandated skills and tasks requirements.

View photos from the groundbreaking ceremony.

Media coverage:
Kewanee Star Courier – Ground broken for BHC’s new Vet Tech Center
WKEI/WYEC – Black Hawk College Holding Groundbreaking for Veterinary Technology Center
Dispatch/Argus – BHC plows ahead with vet center
WVIK story – New BHC Vet Tech Center

QUICK FACTS about the Veterinary Technology Center:

Total square footage – 19,000 square feet

  • Free-standing, one-story facility on the west side of campus.
  • Main building (16,200 square feet) – teaching hospital, auditorium, classroom, two labs, large animal room, conference room, faculty offices,storage and support spaces.
  • Detached animal ward (2,800 square feet) – separate dog and cat sleeping and play areas and an outdoor play area.

Total project cost – $7.85 million

  • Veterinary Technology Center – $6,974,000.
  • Ring road – new west entry and drive needed to access the Veterinary Technology Center and improve traffic patterns on campus for public safety in alignment with the facilities master plan. – $875,000.

The college anticipates the project will be completed in June 2016 with classes in the building in August 2016.