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Update from the Dean: State Support Approved

I am pleased to share with you some very exciting news for the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine – the Indiana General Assembly has approved a $73 million appropriation toward construction of a new Veterinary Teaching Hospital! With this support, and pending the hospital project receiving formal approval by the Purdue Board of Trustees, we can say that our dream of having a new state-of-the-art hospital facility will become a reality.

The timing of this development could not be more fortuitous. The new Veterinary Teaching Hospital will address a key issue affecting our College’s accreditation. After the accreditation review team from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) visited our College last fall, the COE cited problems with the existing hospital facility as a “major” deficiency. We recently were notified that, as expected, our accreditation status therefore was changed from “full accreditation” to “probationary” accreditation. While this designation has no near term effect – we remain an accredited College of Veterinary Medicine – it does highlight the urgency of building a new hospital facility. The new Veterinary Teaching Hospital project is exactly what we need to correct the deficiency and restore the College’s full accreditation status.

Again, this temporary change in accreditation status has no impact on our day-to-day operations – we will continue granting accredited degrees and our renowned Veterinary Teaching Hospital will continue providing outstanding medical care including advanced specialty and emergency treatment for all animals. The development that WILL affect our College for years to come is the state appropriation just approved by the Indiana legislature that enables us to look forward with excitement to the fulfillment of our long-awaited dream of a new hospital facility. As our College celebrates its 60th Anniversary, and the 150th Anniversary of Purdue University, we truly are poised to take our next Giant Leap!

Willie M. Reed, DVM, PhD

DEAN, COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM) is an exceptional and powerful resource for learning, medical discovery, and serving Indiana animal owners. A new Veterinary Teaching Hospital is vital for providing advanced veterinary medical care for animal patients, supporting the discovery of new treatments for both animals and people, and educating future veterinary medical professionals. Explore this site to learn more about the hospital project and how it will positively impact the health and well-being of animals and people in Indiana and beyond.

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Funding Sources:

Total Building Cost: $108M

State Appropriation: $73M

Purdue Commitment, Including PVM Fundraising: $35M

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A Unique Resource for Indiana

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The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine manages, on behalf of the people of the State of Indiana, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a type of Mayo Clinic for animals. “Now is the time to invest in new hospital facilities for the benefit of Indiana citizens and the animals on which they depend,” said Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed.

People from around Indiana and across the country bring animals large and small to the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital for care and treatment or receive help and advice from the hospital’s ambulatory services. The hospital also is a marvelous learning environment where livestock, pets, and their owners intersect with some of the world’s brightest young people pursuing careers in veterinary practice, public health and food safety, academia and medical research. Moreover, the world increasingly recognizes the concept of “one-health,” which describes the inextricable link between animal health and human health. Future medical advances depend on the benefits of “translational medicine” -- advancements in animal health that result in advances in human health.

“The Veterinary Teaching Hospital truly is a priceless resource that produces a stunning return on investment for the people of Indiana, while also functioning as a catalyst for vital areas of research across the Purdue campus, ranging from cancer drug discovery to the development of treatments for paralysis,” Dean Reed said. “Investing in new facilities to enable the hospital to thrive is both necessary and strategic for Purdue and the state.”

Why We Need a New Veterinary Teaching Hospital

As a component of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital puts Purdue University in rare company since only 30 colleges and schools of veterinary medicine exist in the United States. Additionally, Purdue Veterinary Medicine (PVM) is one of only four U.S. veterinary schools or colleges that train the entire veterinary team, including veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital's potential to benefit the people of Indiana and Purdue University is dependent on having facilities of sufficient size and quality to provide state-of-the-art services utilizing modern medical technology. The current facilities are of inadequate size and design to provide optimal service to clients.

Because of the college's extraordinary faculty and staff, care standards have been maintained; however, the last three accreditation site teams (2004, 2011, and 2018) from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA-COE) have recommended that Purdue address its aging teaching hospital.

Vital to Disease Research and Medical Discovery

Our Impact

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is vital to the College of Veterinary Medicine's learning, discovery, and service missions, and functions as a self-supporting entity because it generates its own income to sustain its day-to-day operation. Hospital services also are closely integrated with the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL), which is an accredited, full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory operated by the College of Veterinary Medicine, with testing capabilities for all types of animal diseases in livestock, poultry, companion animals and wildlife. This collaboration allows for students and faculty to provide all aspects of patient care and management while at the same time performing diagnostic services that are critical to preserving Indiana's agricultural assets.

The VTH also positively impacts the state in other ways, such as: providing continuing education needed for Indiana veterinarians to maintain their licensure and stay up to date on the latest medical advances and technologies; treating police K9 officers from around the state through emergency and specialty services; providing spay and neuter services to some 20 Indiana animal shelters through the Priority 4 Paws mobile surgery unit; and giving temporary shelter through the PetSafe Program for animals whose families have been displaced due to emergencies created by natural disasters or domestic violence.

The VTH treats more than 20,000 cases per year, and runs the only full-service emergency medical service in Tippecanoe County, where the College of Veterinary Medicine is located. From the 2009-10 fiscal year to the 2017-18 fiscal year, the hospital caseload has increased by 50% - from 13,332 to 20,016 cases per year. Currently, the hospital’s specialty services appointment scheduling has a 4-6 week backlog due to facility capacity issues.

Supporting Organizations

Indiana Veterinary Medical Association

Indiana Farm Bureau

Indiana State Poultry Association

Maple Leaf Farms

Franciscan Health

Creighton Brothers

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Agribusiness Council of Indiana logo

Indiana Dairy Producers logo

Covetrus logo

Farbest Foods logo

Rose Acre Farms logo

Culver Duck Farms logo

Fair Oak Farms logo

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