Breaking New Ground at the SVM

Watch the school’s building expansion and renovation groundbreaking ceremony video below and scroll to view a photo gallery from the celebration held in Lot 62, north of the existing Veterinary Medicine Building, on June 18, 2021.

Ceremony Program


Mark D. Markel
Dean, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine


Joel Brennan
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Administration

Tommy Thompson
Interim President, University of Wisconsin System

Rebecca Blank
Chancellor, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Michael Knetter
President and CEO, Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association

Erik Iverson
CEO, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Mark D. Markel
Dean, UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

Shovel Ceremony

Featuring all program speakers and the following representatives

  • Debbie Cervenka, Co-Chair, SVM Capital Campaign Committee
  • Mark Corey, Flad Architects
  • Bernard Easterday, Dean Emeritus, UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dennis Rodenberg, UW–Madison, Facilities Planning and Development
  • Greg Sabel, Senior Vice President, C.D. Smith
  • Kristi Thorson, UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Wendy von Below, Department of Administration, Division of Facilities Development
  • Karen Walsh, Co-Chair, SVM Capital Campaign Committee
  • Cathy Weiss, UW System, Capital Planning and Budget


Dean Mark D. Markel