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After many years, the time has finally arrived for us to expand and improve our veterinary teaching hospital. The extension and drastic improvements in these new facilities will improve both our student and client experience launching us into the next generation of veterinary medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Purdue need a new veterinary hospital?

The 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.

What will the new hospital include?

The new hospital construction, just east of the existing Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine, will include both large and small animal facilities, including a dedicated equine hospital and a separate farm animal hospital.

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

The total cost for the new veterinary hospital is $108 million. Of that amount, Purdue University has committed $35 million, which is inclusive of Leave a Print fundraising efforts by the College of Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, the state of Indiana has appropriated $73 million.

How does the College of Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary hospital support medical discovery?

The College of Veterinary Medicine plays a leading role at Purdue University in translation or comparative medicine, which recognizes the fact that many diseases in animals mirror human illnesses. The college is home to the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program, one of the oldest comparative oncology programs in the country, that works to improve the outlook for pet animals and people with cancer. Certain types of cancer are very similar between dogs and humans, so progress made in dogs with these cancers can lead to advances in humans, as well as being very helpful to the dogs. This program is just one example of the clinical trials conducted in the context of the veterinary hospital to care for animals while also advancing medical discovery for both animals and humans.

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 hospital?

The Purdue Veterinary Hospital treats more than 20,000 cases per year, and operates the only full-service emergency veterinary medical service in Tippecanoe County. Caseload at the hospital has grown dramatically, increasing by 50% between the 2009-10 fiscal year and the 2017-18 fiscal year. Due to facility capacity issues, the wait for animals to be seen in hospital specialty services can be as many as six weeks.

How many people work in the veterinary hospital?

There are nearly 60 clinicians who work in the veterinary hospital in specialty areas ranging from neurosurgery and oncology to sports medicine and rehabilitation therapy. The hospital is supported by about 155 additional 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, nearly 40 residents as well as several interns work in the hospital as part of their advanced training in specialty fields of veterinary medicine. The veterinary 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?

We currently enroll about 340 DVM students and 90 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?

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