New $10m equine hospital for Indiana


purdue-vetA new $US10 million equine medical center in Indiana is to be built at Purdue University in Indiana.

The new facility will add to the college’s commitment to the equine industry. Purdue’s Large Animal Hospital was the site of the first arthroscopic surgery – a joint procedure – on a horse in the mid-1970s. In 1996 the college opened the Equine Sports Medicine Center with a technologically advanced high-speed equine treadmill. This center resulted from a provision supporting Purdue equine research that was part of the state legislation establishing horse racing.

The new center is boosted by a $2.7 million gift from Centaur Gaming, and Shelbyville and Shelby County will also contribute $2.3 million  to the Centaur Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center in Shelbyville.

Willie M. Reed, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine said the center would house the most technologically advanced medical equipment for equines, provide educational opportunities for vet students, and expand Purdue’s equine sports medicine research capacity.

The new center, which will be located just a few miles from the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s track in Shelbyville, will be part of the Purdue Equine Sports Medicine program based on the West Lafayette campus. It will offer advanced diagnostic imaging, shockwave therapy, endoscopy and specialized equine surgery in a one-storey, 18,000-square-foot center.

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun said the new facility would have a “significant positive impact” on the community, and would create a host of other opportunities.

Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine is the only veterinary school in Indiana and one of only 28 in the country. In addition to the doctor of veterinary medicine degree, the college offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology, postgraduate internships and residencies for doctors of veterinary medicine seeking specialty training, and graduate degrees in the departments of basic medical sciences, comparative pathobiology and veterinary clinical sciences.

Home to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the college serves as a major referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of all species of companion and food animals, as well as exotic pets and wildlife.

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