Canines will run on campus Sept. 12 in Skip Jackson Dog Jog

August 25, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine's annual Dr. Skip Jackson Dog Jog will be Sept. 12.

"We are excited about a new feature of the race, which is in conjunction with the annual Purdue Veterinary Medicine Conference," said Sarah Fisher, a Purdue veterinary student in the class of 2018. "We are partnering with area shelters to have adoptable dogs running. There will be a booth set up at the finish line to provide additional information about these shelters as well as representatives there to fill out adoption paperwork. We hope people come run with us and find a new furry friend. All these dogs are looking for forever homes."

The event, open to the public, is named in honor of Horace "Skip" Jackson, a professor emeritus of veterinary physiology and biochemistry who has participated in nearly every race since the original event in 1972. Initially organized as a run for veterinarians participating in the conference, the event was combined in 2012 with the college's Dog Jog and opened to the public.

Runners can sign their dogs 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

Entry fee is $25 per person, which includes a T-shirt, and $5 for each dog, which includes a bandana. Online registration closes at midnight Sept. 5. There are no guarantees for participant T-shirts or bandanas for registrations placed after 4 p.m. on Sept. 4.

Onsite registration will be 7-8 a.m. Sept. 12 at the entrance of Lynn Hall, 625 Harrison St. Registration will be $30 per person and $5 for each dog.

All proceeds will go to the PetSafe Program, a community service offered by the college to meet short-term housing needs of pets whose owners are temporarily unable to provide care, as well as Priority 4 Paws, the college's mobile surgery unit that travels to partnering animal shelters to spay and neuter shelter dogs and cats to that they can be adopted more quickly. The Priority for Paws unit will be in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital parking lot during the Dog Jog and will be open for tours.

The event is sponsored by Blair Animal Clinic, West Lafayette, and McAfee Animal Hospital, Valparaiso, Indiana. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, 

Sources: Kevin Doerr, director of public affairs and communications, College of Veterinary Medicine,

Sarah Fisher, 

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