$20 Million Gift For Man’s Best Friend

When a family member becomes ill or injured, you seek the best medical care available for your loved one. For the late High Point businessman and philanthropist Randall B. Terry, Jr., that loved one was his adored golden retriever Nike. The dog that launched Terry’s longtime friendship with the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Nike was one of a family of beloved golden retrievers — Terry’s ever-present, loyal companions.

When Nike became ill, Terry turned to NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) to diagnose and treat his pet. Since that time, Terry spent the rest of his life until his death in May 2004 making sure that other folks with seriously ill companion animals could receive the acute care they needed to help get their pets back to the park or backyard in due time. Terry donated more than $4 million to the CVM in challenge grants and scholarships while he was serving two terms as president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Despite its wonderful reputation for diagnosing and treating companion animals referred by private practice veterinarians throughout the state and beyond, the sought-after VTH had a major problem. Built in 1982 to accommodate only 9,000 to 12,000 animals, the hospital currently treats nearly 20,000 animals each year. Although the VTH has always provided the best care to its patients, it quite simply has run out of space. Turning away an ailing companion animal, however, is no option emotionally or professionally for the fifth-ranked veterinary school in the country.

The Gold Standard for Veterinary Teaching Hospitals

Fortunately, a $20 million pledge — the largest single gift ever given to NC State — from the R.B. Terry, Jr. Charitable Foundation will see to it that the state’s adored companion animals will continue to receive superb specialized veterinary care well into this century. Not only does this gift represent Randall B. Terry’s own love for his beautiful golden retrievers; it will transform CVM’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital indeed.

When completed in 2010, the 110,000-square-foot Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center will boast cutting-edge imaging technologies, advanced neurology and cardiac care, cancer treatment capabilities, an internal medicine department, and surgery facilities. The Terry Center will provide truly state-of-the-art diagnostic and medical care to companion animals in need, giving North Carolina’s over 3 million pet owners peace of mind and — more importantly — hope should their much-loved animals require specialized medical attention. The facility will treat about 25,000 companion animals each year.

At the same time, the Terry Center will have a far-reaching impact on veterinary medicine throughout the country. Designed to be a top-notch training hospital for the nation’s aspiring veterinarians, the $72-million facility will provide an outstanding environment for patient care, clinical research and the preparation of the next generation of veterinarians.

The Strongest Bond

Committed to the health and well being of companion animals, even those with the most complicated and difficult conditions, the Terry Center represents Terry’s own personal understanding of the strong emotional bond between companion animals and their owners. As Terry once said, “Animals give so much to mankind, it’s only fitting that we give back something to them. This new veterinary medical center will help enhance the medical care they receive.”

Fueling the $72 million building project, the $20 million pledge and an additional $5 million challenge grant ensure that the Terry Center undoubtedly will emerge as a national model for animal care and veterinary medical education. Without question, thousands of pet owners will be forever grateful for the Terry Center’s priceless gift of extra time with their dearly loved companion animals.