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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of the Veterinary Research Laboratory.


This building was originally constructed in 1951, and expanded in 1959, 1965 and 1972. It was originally operated by the college of Agricultural Sciences. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory was located here from 1959 to 1981, when it moved to the newly completed Magruder Hall. Today the VRL building houses molecular diagnostics, virology and serology, and Kathy O’Reilly’s research lab.

General Information


3101 SW Washington Way


Cleo H. Jenkins

Year Built



Additions added in 1959, 1965, and 1972. Remodeled in 1984 and reroofed in 1994.

Square Footage

6,681 sq ft


Lab and research space for veterinary department

Previous Name(s)


Namesake N/A

Historic District

Yes, contributing building




Facilities Services Records, 1888-2003. Series XX:  Campus, Farm, and Property Maps, 1899-1990. Campus and Farm Maps: 3-A

Oregon State University Campus Maps, 1894-1994


Oregon State University Historical Photographs, 1868-1980

Further Archival Information

SCARC: A search for "Veterinary Diagnostic Lab" returns results in a few collections, including the Robert W. Henderson Photographic Slides Collection, 1936-1998, and the Facilities Services Records, 1888-2010. Subgroup 2 of the College of Veterinary Medicine Records, 1921-2013 relates to the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.

Oregon Digital: A search for "Veterinary Diagnostic Lab" returns text and image results, and a search for "Veterinary Research Lab" returns text results.