Moo-ve over, orange, green, and yellow.
The Wisconsin Union and the UW School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) have unveiled a dairy-inspired, limited edition, mini Terrace chair that celebrates our state’s agriculture industry and helps support the school’s building expansion project.
The Holstein, cow-printed keepsake is the first of what the Wisconsin Union anticipates will be an annual partnership highlighting a different campus cause with a unique mini Terrace chair design.
“We are one campus, and if the Wisconsin Union can assist another unit or area, we are happy to do so. It feels like a natural extension of our work in the community to help an important campus cause like the Veterinary Medicine building expansion.” says Susan Dibbell, deputy director of the Wisconsin Union. “We are proud of the Vet School and the work they do — helping to support them is an honor.”
The UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s programs in veterinary medical education, research, clinical practice, and service enhance the health of both animals and people throughout the state. The school has trained more than 50 percent of the veterinarians practicing in Wisconsin and serves as a resource for the state’s veterinarians and farmers.
Built to see 12,000 patient visits annually, its teaching hospital, UW Veterinary Care, now sees more than 26,000 patients annually across more than 20 specialty services. And the school’s research discoveries have advanced cancer treatments for pets and people, identified new ways to fight the flu, and helped keep cows healthy and happy.
“We are excited to partner with the Wisconsin Union to raise awareness of and support for our building expansion project and the difference it will make for animals and people across the state,” says Mark D. Markel, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “This project is absolutely vital for training the next generation of veterinarians and ensuring that we remain a leader in treating companion animals, maintaining dairy herd health, safeguarding public health, and making new discoveries.”
The SVM’s proposed expansion would double the size of its small animal hospital and significantly enhance its large animal hospital; expand labs for studying naturally occurring animal and human diseases and triple its infectious disease research space; improve instruction space for students; and much more.
To date, the school has raised more than $24 million toward its $38 million goal, and the state is being asked for $90 million to round out the projected $128 million cost of the expansion. A portion of the proceeds from the cow-printed, mini Terrace chairs will benefit the project.
The limited edition chairs will be available for purchase in the Badger Markets at Memorial Union and Union South, as well as online in the Union’s Terrace Store for $29.99, plus tax, through October 2019 or while supplies last.