James E. Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility

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The James E. Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, opened officially on Friday, October 19, 2012, is the first completed building in the planned four-building Animal Sciences Complex. Ideally situated between several living laboratories in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the facility sits at the intersection of Southwest Campus Way and Southwest 35th Street.

The new teaching and research facility, complete with two classrooms, four labs, and a large demonstration area, serves a student body of nearly 500 undergraduates, an all-time enrollment high in animal and rangeland sciences that’s almost four times what it was in the 1990s. It’s expected than more than 700 students will use the space each year, with core and elective physiology and nutrition classes also being taught in those classrooms.

The building is named for James Edmund Oldfield, an OSU animal nutrition scientist who discovered the role of selenium in eliminating white muscle disease, a degenerative disease of cardiac and skeletal muscles in sheep and other farm animals. Oldfield received his doctorate from OSU in 1950 and continued at the university as a researcher. He also served for a time as head of the animal sciences department, which recently merged with rangeland ecology and management to form animal and rangeland sciences.

Oldfield and his family joined nearly 300 community friends and donors to officially open the building. U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader, who was instrumental in securing support for the building from the Oregon legislature, was on hand for the opening. He shared with guests that as a licensed veterinarian, the hands-on education offered by Oregon State in its animal sciences program is critical to educating tomorrow’s animal science professionals.

Donors to The Campaign for OSU have raised nearly $4 million for the comprehensive complex, to be completed by 2014. Donor contributions, combined with state bond monies, funded the $3.5 million Oldfield facility making it one of the 23 facilities created or renovated through the campaign.


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