Groundbreaking of new Veterinary Medical Technology Building
Prepared with hard hats and shovels in hand, current and former Gaston College Board members turned a bit of soil together at a groundbreaking ceremony, yesterday, Tuesday, December 4, 2018, near the building site of the new Veterinary Medical Technology building on the Gaston College Dallas Campus. Construction on the building will begin in 2019.
The new, nearly 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is designed to provide the best possible hands-on teaching and learning spaces for students studying to become Veterinary Technicians. The building will include offices, workspaces, classrooms, a computer lab, and a student lounge, as well as animal kennels, exam rooms, a surgery suite, and a radiology lab. Additional space will be provided for animal grooming, boarding, exercising and general animal care to enhance the hands-on training provided by the vet tech program. The current vet tech building is only 4,000 square feet.
The Architect firm for the building design is Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects, P.A. and the general contractor is Randolph Builders, Inc. Construction on the new facility will begin in 2019.
The majority of the funding for this project has been provided by the Connect NC Bond Act which was approved by North Carolina voters on March 15, 2016. The bond included funding for each campus within the NC Community College System, the UNC System campuses, public safety, water and sewer grants, state parks and agriculture. Gaston College was also fortunate to receive an additional $1,000,000 appropriation from the State of North Carolina to support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to support teaching and learning within the facility.
Gaston College is one of three community colleges in North Carolina that offers a high-quality, American Veterinary Medical Association accredited program. Over the past few years, 100 percent of Gaston’s vet tech students have passed the state licensure exam. As a result, the program is highly regarded in the Piedmont region ranking #14 on the list of Top 50 Vet Tech programs in 2017 by TheBestColleges.org and most local veterinary offices employ one or more of the program’s alumni.