It was announced this week that Hill’s Pet Nutrition has donated a significant amount to Kansas State University’s vet school to fund a major renovation. The value of the donation has not been disclosed, but various outlets have reported that it is the largest corporate gift in the college’s history.
Kansas State will use the funds to renovate 16,000 square feet of building space in Moser Hall for teaching, research, and training facilities. The project will be headlined by the 3,400 square foot Hill’s Pet Health and Nutrition Center, a 5,000 square foot research suite, and a 270 seat auditorium. The renovations will allow students to participate in small animal care in an environment similar to companion animal private practice.
And with that, we can officially add Kansas State to the long list of veterinary programs that have announced or completed major renovations in recent years (including UC Davis, Purdue, Cornell, the University of Georgia, and many more). Vet schools are definitely stepping up to provide better facilities for their students.
Will corporate gifts to fund vet school renovations become more common? Only time will tell, but we’re sure Kansas State isn’t the only program that would be thrilled to benefit from some corporate philanthropy!