A high number of visitors to Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has the school adding steps to make facilities more secure.

Security measures are designed to control access guests and visitors have to the building. The building is more secluded, located away from other campus buildings and houses drugs used by the veterinary hospital, making security a necessity.

Warren Madden, vice president of business and finance for Iowa State told the Iowa State Daily the amount of research at the laboratories warrant the increased security. The college has added checkpoints for visitors and intends to add a public safety officer.   

Security measures were added in October 2011 and practices are updated monthly based on student and faculty feedback.

“The steps taken were developed based on a comprehensive review of our current practices and in light of situations that have occurred at other universities,” said Renee Knosby, the college's manager of business and operations.

The college averages between 250 and 300 guests per week.