Priority 4 Paws

Priority 4 Paws is a shelter medicine program in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, providing high quality medical and surgical care for shelter animals while educating the next generation of veterinarians.

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Our Team

Priority 4 Paws is a team effort supported by Purdue veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and current veterinary students.

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Experience. Confidence. Teamwork. Priority 4 Paws offers select veterinary students at Purdue a unique opportunity to gain medical and surgical experience while working with shelter animals.

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This rotation is by far the most hands-on rotation I have experienced. The time on the block gave me a much greater sense of my surgical skills and improved my confidence due to the number of surgeries performed.


Priority 4 Paws Student

Sponsors and Shelters

Priority 4 Paws partners with regional shelters to provide medical and surgical care. This would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors.

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The list of benefits that Purdue provides is long. Getting the animals fixed and ready for adoption. Giving us critical information on helping our animals. Looking at animals to see if attention should be given and many more.

Kokomo Humane Society

Priority 4 Paws Partner Shelter


Priority 4 Paws is supported by the support from our generous sponsors and individuals in the community.

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