Clinical Skills Laboratory
Student Educational Space & Clinical Skills Laboratory

Student educational space has become a critical need for the College of Veterinary Medicine. As the way students study and learn has evolved so has the need for innovative educational space within the college walls.

And while the college has made significant strides in recent years in this area the need persists, as evident by the $5 million goal in this area during “Forever True for ISU” fundraising campaign.

The Clinical Skills Laboratory is relatively new to the college but the results over that short period of time has been amazing. The lab was created to provide students with multiple opportunities, allowing them to become more confident with veterinary procedures they will use after graduation.

“We have veterinarians come through our doors and they get to see the simulators we have and every practitioner, every alumnus will say ‘it would have been nice to have this when we were in school’ or ‘I wish I could have gotten my hands on that before my first day on the job,’” said Dr. Frank Cerfogli, the laboratory’s director. “That’s the response every time we give a tour.”

Fundraising has been critical in developing the Clinical Skills Laboratory. “Frosty,” a life-size Holstein dystocia simulator and a full-size equine palpation/colic simulator were made possible through donations.

The college is seeking to enhance the Clinical Skills Laboratory with additional models and simulators to continue improving the students’ skills.

“We (veterinary students) have so much enthusiasm,” said Jennifer Ruff, a third-year student. “We all want to touch live animals. But this is a great way to channel our enthusiasm and not be scared to do these procedures.”

Another significant educational space project underway is the renovation of the Commons Café (formerly known as the Gentle Doctor Café). This will include an expansion onto the adjacent roof and other existing space within the college. The additional space will be utilized for functional and comfortable student study areas and other functions including group meetings, student activities, seminars and special events such as Homecoming and alumni reunions. A major renovation of the dining facilities is included in the project.

“The Commons Café will become the primary non-classroom space within the college, serving as the college’s ‘living/dining room’ area,” said Dr. Pat Halbur, the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Interim Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “On any given day, most of the college’s student, faculty and staff population will visit the Commons Café, many several times.”

There are several naming opportunities available for this space including the Commons Café, two small meeting rooms and the café space.