Dedication for Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital set for Sept. 12

Frances Myers

The official dedication ceremony of Iowa State’s Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

The dedication will mark the “completion of the two-phase renovation and expansion project of the Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center that began in 2006 with the construction of Phase I, the large animal and equine hospital,” according to the ISU News Service. 

The Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital is one of the largest, as well as newest, small animal hospitals in the United States, measuring at 105,000 square feet and costing $45.1 million. It is twice the size of the original hospital built in 1976.

Money for the project was provided by bonding approved by the Iowa Legislature and more than $5 million in private support. The Lied Foundation Trust of Las Vegas, through its trustee, native Iowan Christina Hixson, provided the $3 million lead gift to the project.

According to the news service: “The new hospital has 22 examination rooms, five treatment rooms, 10 rooms for rounds and student teaching, an emergency and intensive/critical care unit for 24/7 medical care, a pet rehabilitation room, an advanced imaging suite, and a 16,000 square-foot anesthesia/surgical suite complex, including facilities for dentistry, endoscopy and minor surgery/procedures rooms.

The client waiting area was designed to provide maximum natural lighting, with animal murals and artwork throughout. The reception area has species-specific waiting areas and was designed for client and patient comfort.”

Lisa Nolan, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will provide the welcome and closing at the ceremony. ISU President Steven Leath will provide remarks.

Tours of the facility will be available after the dedication ceremony.