Former student “gives back” with $3m gift to Indiana equine vet school

Donald and Lois McCrosky, pictured in 2020.
Donald and Lois McCrosky, pictured in 2020. © Purdue University

Purdue University’s Equine Sports Medicine Center has received a $US3 million gift from a former student that will be used for equine health research and to continue the Indiana center’s groundbreaking work.

Purdue’s facility will now be named the Donald J. McCrosky Equine Sports Medicine Center. It was dedicated on April 8.

Dr Donald McCrosky, who graduated from Purdue in 1968, said he was fortunate to have the ability to give back. “Purdue was good to me. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Purdue,” he said.

“I am pleased to help students learn and to help the advancement of equine medicine.”

Since its opening in 1996, the center has pioneered leading-edge equine research and offered comprehensive evaluations for horses suffering from poor performance. As an education facility, the center continues to provide the highest level of training for future veterinarians and offers high-quality continuing education to veterinarians and the equine community.

Center director Dr Laurent Couëtil, who specializes in equine respiratory health and treats asthma in horses, said this gift is a “large boost” for his team as it works to understand and treat conditions affecting the equine industry and its athletes.

“Don McCrosky’s gift will advance research in equine health and performance. We anticipate benefits to thousands of horses and their owners in the coming years,” Couëtil said.

Horses have always been a part of McCrosky’s life. Growing up on a farm in Rochester, Indiana, McCrosky learned to drive his father’s team of horses when he was five years old. His grandfather, also a farmer, gave him his first horse.

After achieving his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine at Purdue, McCrosky went on to open his own practice, which included small and large animals. In 2004, he sold his small-animal practice to focus solely on equine medicine, specializing in reproduction. Beyond his practice, McCrosky and his wife, Lois, own more than 50 racehorses and broodmares, which they race in Chicago and the St Louis area. In addition to the center naming, McCrosky has named a consultation room at the Shelbyville Equine Center and an outpatient exam room in the new David and Bonnie Brunner Purdue Veterinary Medical Hospital Complex.

Willie Reed, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, said McCrosky has been a consistent advocate for the college and champion for equine medicine. “We are grateful for his generosity and the example he is to future veterinarians. Don’s legacy is setting a new trajectory for equine health.”

In each of the past four years, Purdue has been ranked as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by US News & World Report.

Reporting: Katie Donworth

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