Skip Jackson Dog Jog brings canines to campus Sept. 22

September 10, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine's first Dr. Skip Jackson Dog Jog will be Sept. 22.

"The new event combines the annual Skip Jackson Road Race, a fun run that was always held in conjunction with the College of Veterinary Medicine's annual fall conference for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, with the student-run Dog Jog," said Emily Rudman, a Purdue veterinary student in the class of 2014. "Since the entire fall conference will be held on the Purdue campus this year, we wanted to do an event that is open to the public and embraces the rich tradition and history of Purdue Veterinary Medicine."

Horace "Skip" Jackson is professor emeritus of veterinary physiology and biochemistry, and until recently had run every year since the race's inception in 1972.

Runners and dogs can still sign up to participate in the dog jog, which will begin at 8 a.m. at the college's "Continuum" sculpture at Lynn Hall on Harrison Street. The course is entirely on the Purdue campus.

Registration and race information is available at

Onsite registration is 7-8 a.m. Sept. 22 at the entrance of Lynn Hall, 625 Harrison St. The price for the race is $20 for people, which includes a T-shirt, and $5 for each dog, which includes a bandana. All proceeds will go to PetSafe, a Purdue Veterinary Medicine program that provides veterinary care and housing for animals owned by families in crisis.

The event is sponsored by McAfee Animal Hospital, a veterinary practice run by Purdue Veterinary Medicine graduate Larry McAfee of Valparaiso, Ind.

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711,

Sources: Emily Rudman,

 Kevin Doerr, director of alumni relations and public affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine, 765-494-8216,

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