Wilson College recently received two donations that will help fund a new Veterinary Center. On Wilson’s website, it was announced that Susan Breakfield Fulton ’61 had donated $475,000 and an additional $100,000 came from the late Eleanor Martin Allen ’49. According to Camilla Rawleigh, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, this brings the total funds for the new center up to $2,075,000. Although the final cost of the project is not yet known, Rawleigh indicated that Wilson is looking to add at least $700,000 towards funding the project. Wilson is hoping to fund the entire project using private donations much like the John Stewart Memorial Library did.
Although Wilson already has a veterinary facility, Rawleigh stated that the current facilities would need several upgrades to stay up to date with changing standards in the industry and with the American Veterinary Medical Association, an organization that gives accreditation to Wilson’s veterinary program. She asserted that simply starting from scratch makes more fiscal sense than adapting the old building. Rawliegh is grateful for the funding that has come in so far, adding, “We are very fortunate to have alumni who believe in the Wilson experience and do what they can to support capital projects.” She feels that this is a great project to discuss with potential donors due to the size and importance of the program at Wilson. She hopes that the new building will help the college stand out compared to other colleges.
The new facility will be built on the west side of the Brooks Science Center, the opposite side from the current facility. The current veterinary facility will be torn down once the new facility is open. The new building is still in the planning stages, and as such, there is no certain date for construction.