Ontario invests in new hospital at Ontario Veterinary College



    New Animal Hospital to Provide Students With Improved Learning and
    Clinical Experience

    GUELPH, ON, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is investing in new
teaching and research facilities at the Ontario Veterinary College at the
University of Guelph.
    Ontario is investing $9.5 million to help the college develop a
primary-care teaching hospital for small animals. This will give students a
high quality and diverse clinical teaching and learning experience and enable
the college to expand training in nutrition, health and wellness.
    "Our government knows that it is today's students who will build
Ontario's future economy, and that economy will be increasingly
knowledge-based," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities. "Our investment in these teaching and research facilities is
ensuring that our veterinary students have access to the postsecondary
education resources they need to prepare for the future."
    The funding is part of the $1.4 billion investment in strategic
infrastructure announced in the Fall Economic Statement which is designed to
make Ontario's economy more competitive and stimulate job creation and growth
across the province.
    The investment in strategic infrastructure also included funding for
campus renewal projects. The University of Guelph is receiving $8.1 million to
improve energy efficiency and campus safety and to carry out a variety of
infrastructure renewal projects.
    "We're boosting Ontario's competitiveness by building knowledge and
skills," said Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph. "By investing in our clinical and
research facilities at OVC, we are ensuring that our veterinary students get
the experience and training they need to practice veterinary medicine and help
protect human health in the future."
    Learn more about Ontario Veterinary College
(http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/). Explore what you can do after high school
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/students/).

    
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               GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN ONTARIO VETERINARY COLLEGE
    

    The government's Fall Economic Statement announced a $1.4 billion
investment in strategic infrastructure to encourage economic activity, create
short-term jobs, help municipalities and enhance Ontario's competitiveness.
    As part of the funding for strategic infrastructure projects, the Ontario
government is investing $9.5 million to help redevelop the teaching and
research facilities at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of
Guelph. This project is expected to create roughly 95 jobs.
    The funding will be used to improve the quality of postsecondary
education at the college by developing a modern primary care teaching
hospital, a vital component for training of the veterinarians of tomorrow. The
current hospital responds to 16,000 cases each year which provides a diverse
clinical education and learning opportunities for students.
    The government's investment in modern research facilities and improved
education for veterinarians is important to protecting Ontario's large
agriculture and food industry from disease and for helping to ensure the
well-being of the public. More than 70 per cent of all emerging diseases that
affect humans come from animals.
    The Fall Economic Statement also included $200 million in funding for
campus renewal projects to improve energy efficiency and campus safety and
renew infrastructure. The University of Guelph is receiving $8.1 million.
Including this campus renewal funding, the University of Guelph has received
$26.4 million from the Ontario government to support capital projects since
2003-04.
    This funding is part of the government's ReNew Ontario multi-year $30
billion infrastructure investment strategy. Other recent investments under
this strategy include:

    
    -   A $365 million investment in the 2007 Budget to support quality
        improvements at colleges and universities
    -   40 million provided to colleges and universities annually through the
        Facilities Renewal Program
    -   $30 million provided in 2006 through the Economic Stimulus Package to
        colleges in areas of the province where economic growth was slower
        than anticipated
    -   $180 million provided between 2003 and 2006 for new buildings and
        renovations, providing spaces for 21,000 more students.

    Contact:
    Kevin Dove
    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    416-325-2746

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries:
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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