Veterinary Teaching Hospital
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
The Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) serves as a referral facility for cases requiring advanced diagnostics or specialized care. We also provide routine wellness care for pets belonging to residents of Tippecanoe County as well as Purdue University employees. We are a large tertiary care hospital complex composed of many individual patient care and diagnostic units.
As our name implies, we are a teaching facility with the purpose of educating veterinary students, post-graduate veterinarians, and veterinary technology students. We provide practical hands-on training in an actual hospital setting for the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
Your initial contact during your appointment will be with a senior (4th year) veterinary student or a veterinary technology student who will greet you and perform a physical exam and take a medical history on your animal. The veterinary student will then collaborate with a clinician to establish an appropriate diagnostic plan and provide a cost estimate for the recommended procedures. The clinician and student will discuss this plan with you. Sometimes this team approach increases the time needed to evaluate your animal. Please be patient if a delay occurs. Every animal receives a thorough examination. A full explanation is made of the recommended testing and treatment to every owner. Please be prepared to spend a good part of a day at our hospital. The severity of a patient’s condition and the special services needed to diagnose and treat the patient require many of our patients to be hospitalized at least 2-3 days.