Purdue Trustees Give Green Light for New PVM Large Animal / Equine Hospital

By Lauren Bruce and Kevin Doerr

The Purdue University Board of Trustees gave approvals on August 4 to plan, finance, construct and award construction contracts for a new Purdue Veterinary Medicine large animal / equine hospital. The $35 million Phase I of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital project, as well as future phases, will be located east of the College of Veterinary Medicine's existing facility, in space to be made available by demolition of Freehafer Hall and the extension of Williams Street.

The project's first phase will be a 76,600 square foot large animal / equine hospital to be built east of Lynn Hall along with an entrance from South Grant Street and paddocks near that entrance. Necessary utility work will also be included in Phase I. The new facility, designed to serve students, faculty and hospital clients, will have space for large animal surgery; diagnostic imaging; receiving; examination and diagnostic equipment; treatment, medicine and surgery wards; a reproductive systems ward; and an intensive care unit.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2018 and be completed in May 2020. Project funds will come from the University's central reserves and gift funds. The Board of Trustees authorized the expenditure of $30 million to fund the construction, with an additional $5 million to be provided by philanthropic efforts. Future phases will include construction of a new small animal hospital and a food animal hospital for such species as cattle and small ruminants. The board will review the second and third phases for possible funding from the Indiana Legislature in 2019.

"We are happy about this commitment because it fulfills a significant goal of our strategic plan," said Dean Willie Reed. "A new hospital helps us continue to recruit top-notch students, retain our elite faculty, grow our caseload, and train the next generation of veterinary students."

Parts of the existing Veterinary Medical Complex date back to the early 1900s, and have been retrofitted many times over the years to add new technologies and accommodate increased enrollment. "Our College's original building, Lynn Hall, was designed for about 50 students per class and was constructed in the late 1950s," said Dean Reed. "In those days we did not have a veterinary technology program or offer internships or residencies, and there was limited research space. Since then, we have expanded research, increased DVM student enrollment and developed sizable residency and internship programs. We need modern and updated facilities to address these needs."

Be a part of this exciting project and impact the lives of countless students, clients, and faculty. Click here to make a gift today. Contact the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Advancement to learn about available naming opportunities.

This story is part of the 2017 Fall PVM Report.

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