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June 28, 1996

Veterinary school dean reflects on past and future

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- In the future, a routine trip to your veterinarian might well include some counseling on your pet's behavior and nutrition and an appointment at night, says the outgoing dean of Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine.

"In the future, owners will receive a much higher level of care for their pets or production-animal herds," says Dr. Hugh B. Lewis. "As a result, animals will be healthier and live longer. Veterinary medical practices will focus more on disease prevention and the health and longevity of pets within the family unit, because many people consider their animals to be part of the family. Veterinarians will move their focus away from primarily curing sickness and healing injury.

"Veterinary care will be much more accessible because barriers will have been removed -- location will be more convenient, and practices will be open longer hours and more on weekends. No longer will animals have to be sick to be seen by a veterinarian."

Lewis, 54, is stepping down June 30 after 10 years as dean of the only veterinary school in Indiana. He'll become vice president of practice development at Medical Management International Inc. in Portland, Ore. It's the parent company of VetSmart Pet Hospital and Health Centers, a nationally distributed companion-animal practice system. VetSmart is a new concept in veterinary medicine because it represents one practice but with multiple locations, Lewis explains. Its philosophy is preventive medicine, with an emphasis on pets as members of the family, he says.

Other future changes Lewis predicts for veterinary medicine:


Source: Hugh Lewis, (765) 494-7608; Internet, After June 30, Lewis may be reached at

his Lafayette, Ind., home at (765) 474-6482 through July 13. After July 13, he can be reached via voice

mail at (503) 256-7299.

Writer: Ellen Rantz, (765) 494-2073; home, (765) 497-0345; Internet,

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