Lakeland College is hoping to “put theory in practice” with a new clinic in Vermilion for their animal health technology program.

The new clinic will feature larger lab spaces and treatment rooms, dental labs, a modern surgical suite and an extended intake area for horses. The building’s exterior is near completion with only the walls and windows left to install. The interior design will be completed over the winter.

Lakeland College Associate Dean of Agriculture Sciences Geoff Brown says the new clinic will expand the current animal health program.

“The new clinic really allows for two things. One is the expansion of student numbers so we can expand the program a little bit and also the implementation of our new student-led clinic, where the students will actually be put in more real-life scenarios.”

Brown adds that clinic will help develop practical and critical skills.

“A lot of the competencies that they will be doing are pretty standard are pretty standard to the industry. It’s really about how we deliver those competencies. The critical thinking thing is something that’s really important, putting them in more real life situations so they can think there way through. It’s kind of an innovative learning style.”

The new clinic is expected to be finished in March, and be ready for students in September.