The small animal teaching hospital at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a site to behold.
The gleaming, state-of-the-art facility houses 22 exam rooms and six medical specialty services with all the first-world-medicinal capabilities typically reserved for big city hospitals. It also has a $1.3 million A/V system with lecture capture and videoconferencing capabilities that make it a nexus of veterinary medicine information sharing.
Completed in 2010, the hospital was joined last summer by a 160-seat auditorium that is fully hooked into the hospital’s A/V system. The auditorium is ADA compliant, with removable chairs, available hearing-impaired devices and large monitors for viewing lecture content from the back of the room.
It also has ceiling-mounted microphones for videoconferencing that are so powerful they had to be toned down because during videoconferences the noises from the audience were just as clear as the lecturer’s voice.
Confidence monitors in the front of the classroom allow the presenter to preview content before displaying it through a picture-in-picture presentation.
“It’s a completely interactive space,” said David John, Senior Electronic Technician at UF. “We really feel like we got a really versatile room to be able to do any type of teaching that we wanted to do.”
During last month’s AMX Enovation Tour, TechDecisions took a tour of the new medical facility, and the even newer lecture hall. To prevent contamination we were kept ouf of the most sensitive medical spaces, but check out the video to see the rest of the facility, and read the original story about the medical facility to get the lowdown on all the tech specs.