Frequently Asked Questions

  New Hospital Rendering

Why does Purdue need a new Veterinary Teaching Hospital?

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital's potential to benefit the people of Indiana and Purdue University is dependent on having facilities of sufficient size and quality to provide state-of-the-art services utilizing modern medical technology. The current facilities are of inadequate size and design to optimize service to clients.

Because of the college's extraordinary faculty and staff, care standards have been maintained; however, the last three accreditation site teams (2004, 2011, and 2018) from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA-COE) have recommended that Purdue address its aging teaching hospital.

What will the new hospital include?

The new hospital construction, just east of the existing Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine, will include large and small animal facilities.

How much will the new hospital cost, and has Purdue committed any dollars to the project?

The total cost for the new Veterinary Teaching Hospital is $108 million. Of that amount, Purdue University has committed $35 million, which is inclusive of fundraising efforts by the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the State of Indiana has appropriated $73 million.


How does the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital support medical discovery?

The College of Veterinary Medicine's clinical and research missions reflect the general public's growing understanding and commitment to animal health and its implications for human health and well-being. Future medical advancements depend on the benefits of "translational medicine," which involve advances in animal health that also lead to advances in human health.

Naturally occurring medical conditions in animal patients can be treated, with owner permission, as part of important clinical studies that have the potential to benefit both animals and people. This patient population plays a critical role in the translation of basic research to clinical applications and commercialization, especially in drug discovery.

Because, like humans, dogs, cats, and horses develop diseases that require improved diagnostics, treatment, and therapies, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a natural laboratory for clinical studies of diseases. Dogs develop cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, and many of these cancers, such as lymphoma, bladder cancer, and brain tumors, are excellent models for human disease. Other examples of diseases that are common in both animals and humans include obesity, immune disorders of the skin and respiratory tract, and epilepsy. Through clinical trials in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Purdue Veterinary Medicine specialists are able to treat these animals and improve their length and quality of life while advancing medical discovery.

As a result, faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine play leadership roles in the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, the new Pillars of Excellence in Life Sciences, the Purdue Institute for Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases, and the Center for Integrative Neuroscience.

How many animals are cared for per year at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital?

The Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital treats more than 20,000 cases per year.

The Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital runs the only full-service emergency veterinary medical service in Tippecanoe County, where the college is located.

From the 2009-10 fiscal year to the 2017-18 fiscal year, the hospital caseload has increased by 50% - from 13,332 to 20,016 cases per year. Currently, our specialty services appointment scheduling has a four to six week backlog due to facility capacity issues.

How many people work in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital?

There are nearly 60 clinicians who work in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in specialty areas ranging from neurosurgery and oncology to sports medicine and rehabilitation therapy. The hospital is supported by an additional 154 staff members with roles ranging from veterinary nurses to pharmacists to support staff. In total, the hospital employs over 200 people who run the facility day-to-day. Additionally, 37 residents and nine interns work in the hospital as part of their advanced training in specialty fields of veterinary medicine. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital also is where the College of Veterinary Medicine's DVM and veterinary nursing students receive their hands-on clinical instruction.

Our staff and faculty expertly fulfill multiple roles every day, maintaining the highest standards of compassionate healthcare for our patients while conducting groundbreaking medical research and educating the next generation of veterinary professionals.

How many students are enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine?

As of Fall 2018, the college enrolled 339 DVM students and 89 veterinary nursing students on-campus, and another 270 in the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program. Additionally, nearly 130 students are enrolled in graduate/residency programs.

How many veterinary programs are there in the country like Purdue's?

The Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine is in rare company since only 30 colleges and schools of veterinary medicine exist in the United States, and we are one of only four U.S. colleges with programs that train the entire veterinary team, including both veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

What are the organizations that support the building of a new Vet Teaching Hospital?

Indiana Veterinary Medical Association

Indiana Farm Bureau

Indiana State Poultry Association

Maple Leaf Farms

Franciscan Health

Creighton Brothers

Indiana Pork Producers Association logo

Agribusiness Council of Indiana logo

Indiana Dairy Producers logo

Covetrus logo

Farbest Foods logo

Rose Acre Farms logo

Culver Duck Farms logo

Fair Oak Farms logo

Cook Group logo

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