Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building Project

New building to serve as research, teaching, and collaboration hub

The new Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building will replace the 52-year-old Henning Building and co-locate the departments of Animal Science and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. The 105,000 square foot new construction will feature an array of unique spaces and facilities for students, faculty, and staff.

“This new building will foster collaboration and innovation, help us to attract and keep researchers of the highest caliber, and give our students the most stimulating learning environment we can provide.” Richard Roush, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences


  • 105,000 square feet
  • $98.5 million
  • general purpose classroom
  • student work spaces
  • seminar room
  • faculty offices
  • dedicated research space for departments
  • collaboration zones with flexible lab space
  • vivarium to support the animal management program
  • Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building connector with study lounge and open conference areas


Name a space. Create a legacy.

Name a space. Create a legacy

Contact our Development Office

Gifts of all sizes can have a profound impact when it comes to supporting this new facility and the two departments that will call it home. Alumni and friends have the opportunity to make a lasting impact in a facility designed to enhance the college’s nationally recognized teaching and research programs and ensure this building will meet the needs of the faculty and students for decades to come. A gift to name a space demonstrates your commitment to the departments of Animal Science and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, while also providing funding to support the new facility.

Ways to Give

  • Contact the College’s Development team , who is ready to connect your passions with a gift designed to meet your priorities and create a lasting legacy in this dynamic new space.
  • Make a gift of any amount online today.

Research collaboration

The departments of Animal Science and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences are complementary, and their co-location in the new building will provide rich opportunities for research collaboration. To that end, while each department will have its own dedicated research space, the second and third floors will have "collaboration zones" with flexible lab space.

According to Dean Rick Roush, "With the constant risks to animal and human health posed by environmental toxins and pathogens — including invasive threats such as avian flu and African swine fever — and the need to maintain a safe and plentiful food supply, we must have the facilities that enable us to find solutions to some of our most vexing problems."

About the departments

The Department of Animal Science offers world-class teaching, research and extension programs in a wide variety of key areas in animal agriculture and the food system. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in animal science and participates in intercollege graduate degree programs in bioinformatics and genomics; ecology; molecular, cellular and integrative biosciences; neuroscience; physiology; and plant biology. Faculty research encompasses dairy, livestock, equine and poultry; animal products and human health; nutrient management and environmental stewardship; reproductive biology and fertility; and other topics.

The Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences strives for excellence in research, teaching and outreach in biomedical sciences and veterinary medicine. The department offers undergraduate degrees in immunology and infectious disease; toxicology; and veterinary and biomedical sciences; and a graduate program in pathobiology. Department faculty also are involved with intercollege graduate programs in immunology and infectious disease and in molecular toxicology. Faculty members conduct research in four primary areas: animal diagnostics, immunology and infectious disease, molecular toxicology and carcinogenesis, and veterinary extension. The work of the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory, as well as extension and field investigation, is focused on safeguarding animal and human health, contributing to the strategic mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences in facilitating animal agriculture in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

AVBS Topping Out/Time Capsule Ceremony

We mark another milestone in the construction of the Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building, as the final beam is placed atop the structure.