An $8.8 million equine centre in Indiana has had the go-ahead by Purdue University, with the facility to be built in Shelbyville as part of Purdue’s 10-year capital plan.
The Purdue Research Foundation will be responsible for the design and construction of the Centaur Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center in Shelbyville, near the Indiana Grand Race Course, which hosts both thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. Up to the 2014 season the track was known as Indiana Downs.
The state-of-the-art facility will provide health services to horses and serve as a working laboratory to support the College of Veterinary Medicine’s student learning and research.
“This is an exciting partnership that will provide expanded training opportunities for our future equine specialists,” said Willie Reed, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and professor of veterinary anatomic pathology.
“We will have a cutting-edge facility to facilitate groundbreaking research and administer emergency medical services in a location near Indiana Downs.”
The center will be built on land bought by the Purdue Research Foundation with $2.3 million in support from Shelby County and the city of Shelbyville. Centaur Gaming, which owns and operates Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, has pledged $3.1 million to name the facility.
Purdue University also has a Large Animal Hospital which treats more than 1700 animals a year, and an Equine Sports Medicine Center which opened in 1996.
A new $60 million Agricultural and Life Sciences Facility has been designated as the university’s top priority in its 10-year capital plan, and an $11.25 million project to make repairs at the Purdue Airport was also approved by trustees.