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Human-Animal Bond Focus of Re-dedication Ceremony / Lecture

Pet Tribute Garden

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On the eve of the 2012 Purdue Veterinary Medicine Fall conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians, alumni and friends of the College of Veterinary Medicine gathered near the entrance to the Small Animal Hospital to re-dedicate the Dolores McCall  Pet Tribute Garden, which was a gift of the DVM Class of 1972.  Located adjacent to the hospital, the beautifully landscaped garden contains a monument that holds plaques bearing memorial inscriptions and etchings of beloved pets.  Representatives of the Class of 1972, and donors who created the memorial tributes were present for the ceremony September 18, on the 5th anniversary of the garden’s opening. 

Dean Willie Reed said the event provided an important opportunity to thank again the members of the Class of 1972 for their vision and support, to acknowledge other sponsors who helped with the project, and to honor the donors who provided the memorial plaques that adorn the monument.  “Whether large or small, each plaque is special – and the sentiments expressed are priceless,” said Dean Reed.  “Moreover, the financial gifts made to the College as part of each memorial tribute, help our efforts to improve the lives of animals and people through our training of the next generation of veterinary professionals, our scientific discovery aimed at improving medical treatments and finding cures, and our delivery of top quality animal health care to referred and emergency animal patients.”

Members of the Class of 1972 were asked to stand and be recognized, after which Dean Reed also acknowledge the other major sponsors.  Mrs. Dolores McCall of Midland, Texas, is a client of one of the leaders in the Class of 1972, Dr. Janet Houghton.  Though Mrs. McCall was not able to attend, Dr. Houghton was present, both to represent her class and because she is the donor responsible for the beautiful dog sculpture in the garden, which she commissioned in memory of her Poodle, Chablis.  Additional support came from the Tony Stewart Foundation, and Pet’s Remembered, which is a service of Hippensteel Funeral Home in Lafayette, Ind.


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At the conclusion of the ceremony, each person who sponsored a plaque was given a yellow rose to lay at the base of the monument, as a quiet tribute.  “As you do so, know that your thoughtfulness and example is deeply appreciated and valued by our faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said Dean Reed. 

The ceremony was followed by a reception and a special lecture, sponsored by Elanco, on the topic of Grief and Pet Loss.  The speaker was Dr. Susan Prieto-Welch, director of Purdue University’s Counseling and Psychological Services.  The lecture is part of a series sponsored by Elanco, addressing various facets of the human-animal bond.  The Elanco lectures alternate between the Purdue Fall Conference and national veterinary conferences like the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla.  Photos from the ceremony can be viewed on the website for Lausch Photography.  Use the username pettributegarden and the password 2012purdueveterinary.

Elanco Lecture

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