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Dedication Ceremony Celebrates Priority 4 Paws

A delegation of VIP’s, including top Purdue University administrators and a representative of PetSmart Charities, officially dedicated the College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Priority 4 Paws Mobile Surgical Unit for Shelter Animals on Friday of the Fall Conference (9/21).  The ceremony was held on Purdue’s Memorial Mall, outside the west entrance to Stewart Center.  Dean Willie Reed opened the program, thanking the sponsors and saying the unit embodies the true essence of a land-grant institution. 

Ribbon Cutting Click to enlarge image and to view caption.

Priority 4 Paws serves animal shelters within a day’s drive of the Purdue campus by performing spay and neuter surgeries on pets up for adoption.  The unit was made possible with support from PetSmart Charities, the Tony Stewart Foundation, the Ryan Newman Foundation, Midmark, Lifeline Mobile and Purdue University. Dr. Lynetta Freeman, associate professor of small animal surgery, and Elizabeth Heltzel of the DVM Class of 2013, talked about the educational benefits the unit provides for students, and they joined Dean Reed, Purdue Interim Provost Vic Lechtenberg and PetSmart Charities Program Manager Monica Neal for the formal ribbon cutting in front of the mobile unit.  Afterward, State Representative Sheila Klinker presented Dean Reed with a proclamation from the State Legislature in honor of the mobile unit’s dedication. 

To see a video of the ceremony, click here.

Priority 4 Paws Click to enlarge image and to view caption.