Dean's Column

December brings to a close an exciting year marked by significant milestones, including construction of our new Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital in Shelbyville, Ind., and celebration of the 40th Anniversary of our College’s Veterinary Technology Program.  Additionally, we have seen great success in fundraising as we near our goal for “Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University.”  As I walk in the hallways of Lynn Hall, greet our faculty, staff and students, and sense the collegiality and pride of our Purdue Veterinary family, I can’t think of a more rewarding opportunity than to serve as dean at this pivotal time in the history of Purdue Veterinary Medicine.

Within this Annual Report issue of our PVM Report magazine, you will see a number of stories that provide an up-close perspective on our people and programs. From the growth of our International Programs, to our leading-edge research and our innovative initiatives to foster increased diversity at Purdue and in the veterinary medical profession, we are making a difference. That is why my wife, Dorothy, and I have made our own personal investment in the future of our College through gifts to the Ever True campaign, which we’ve shared about in a story in the giving section of this issue.

Our investment through the Ever True campaign focuses on a particularly challenging issue with significant implications for the future of the veterinary medical profession. That issue is the cost of a veterinary education. Dorothy and I are excited to do our part by establishing new endowed scholarship funds that will help students pursue their dreams. I believe strongly in the value of having dreams—having a dream, and pursuing it with all of your energy and everything you have in you. That’s what we all should do. Dorothy and I do not want money to be an obstacle that prevents students from pursuing one of their most important dreams—higher education.

Our University also is addressing this issue by means of a tuition freeze, now in its fifth consecutive year. Our veterinary students are benefitting significantly because their cost for an outstanding Purdue Veterinary Medicine education has held steady since the 2013-2014 academic year, while costs at other veterinary colleges across the country have continued to rise. This bold step by Purdue gives our College a significant competitive advantage and preserves the value of our scholarship funds.

Purdue Veterinary Medicine always has been characterized by strong hands-on oriented learning, a can-do spirit, genuine collegiality, pioneering research and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Today we are building on that solid foundation with our outstanding team of faculty and staff and the guidance of our new strategic plan that charts our course forward to the year 2020. There has never been a better time to invest in Purdue Veterinary Medicine and I hope you will join me on our journey forward by participating in Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University.


Willie M. Reed, DVM, PhD

This story is part of the 2016 Annual PVM Report.

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