The Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter’s new Medical and Surgical Center is moving toward a late April completion date.
Concrete is expected to be poured soon, pending good weather, Weatherford Municipal and Community Service Director Dustin Deel said. The expected completion date is April 25, but that date may end up being closer to May because of rainy weather.
“The main delay for the Medical and Surgical Center has been due to the rain,” Deel said. “Excluding Mother Nature, the project has been going well.”
The center broke ground in August, after the Weatherford City Council awarded the bid for the project to Corbet Design Build. The center will have two surgery rooms with a capacity of four surgery tables, medical preparation area, expanded animal holding spaces with separate areas for dogs and cats, radiology area, laundry rooms, pharmacy, office space and storage.
A capital campaign to expand the animal shelter started in 2014 with a needs assessment. During the groundbreaking in August, Deel said the current medical and surgical space is about 300 square feet, and 80-120 animals are spayed or neutered each week. The shelter provides services for all of Parker County as well as Weatherford.
The expansion coincides with Weatherford College starting a veterinary technician program, classes for which are expected to begin in August. During the WC board meeting earlier this month, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services Michael Endy said the new veterinary technician instructor will begin work on March 4.
College administrators are working on a website and marketing plan for the new program, Endy said. The application for accreditation through the American Veterinary Medical Association is to be finished next month. The program also needs blood analysis and imaging equipment, and administrators are looking for the best deals and how to include it on the budgets.
“We’ll need that equipment, but not all of it will be necessary in the first year,” Endy said.
A new sink is expected to be added to the agriculture facility during the summer for the program as well, which will cost about $1,000, Endy said.
Deel said the goal is to construct the Classroom and Outreach Center after the Medical and Surgical Center is complete.
“The shelter is raising funds for the Classroom and Outreach Center,” Deel said. “There is approximately $250,000 needed to break ground.”
For more about the shelter’s capital campaign, visit weatherfordtx.gov/1813/Capital-Campaign