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A state-of-the-art facility equipped with advanced technology isn’t simply a luxury item for the state. Its impact meets real needs, both foundational and life-changing.

As a component of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Hospital puts Purdue in rare company since only 30 colleges and schools of veterinary medicine exist in the U.S. Additionally, Purdue Veterinary Medicine (PVM) is one of only four U.S. veterinary schools or colleges that train the entire veterinary team. Today, 63% of Indiana’s veterinarians and 30% of the state’s veterinary nurses are Purdue alumni.

The hospital treats more than 20,000 cases per year, and runs the only full-service emergency medical service in Tippecanoe County. Between 2009 and 2018, the hospital caseload increased by 50% — from 13,332 to 20,016 cases per year. Currently, the hospital’s specialty services appointment scheduling has a four- to six-week backlog due to facility capacity issues.

Our hospital is vital to disease research and 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.

Clinical trials are an important component of translational medicine, which involves advances in animal health that 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 dogs, cats and horses develop diseases that require improved diagnostics, treatment and therapies (like humans), the veterinary hospital is a natural laboratory for clinical studies of diseases. Six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals. Dogs develop cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, for example, and many of those cancers, including 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 hospital, Purdue Veterinary Medicine specialists are able to treat these animals and improve the length and quality of their lives while advancing medical discovery.

Our faculty members play leadership roles in:

It supports the community and industry

Our hospital is vital to the College of Veterinary Medicine's learning, discovery and service missions, and functions as a self-supporting entity because it generates its own income to sustain its day-to-day operation.

Hospital services also are integrated closely with the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL). ADDL is an accredited, full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory operated by the College of Veterinary Medicine, with testing capabilities for all types of animal diseases in livestock, poultry, companion animals and wildlife.

This collaboration allows for students and faculty to provide all aspects of patient care and management, while at the same time performing diagnostic services that are critical to preserving Indiana's agricultural assets.

And, of course, statistics on animal ownership in Indiana set the stage for understanding the magnitude of Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s societal impact:

  • More than half of all Indiana households own a pet
  • 40% of pet owners visited a veterinarian at least once in the past year
  • Indiana has approximately 22,400 farms producing livestock, poultry and related products valued at $3.68 billion
  • Indiana rankings:
    • First in duck production
    • Second in egg production
    • Third in turkey production
    • Fifth in swine production
  • State provides support to around 160,000 horses (generating about $2 billion) every year

The hospital also positively impacts Indiana in other ways:

  • Providing continuing education needed for Indiana veterinarians to maintain their licensure and stay up-to-date on the latest medical advances and technologies
  • Treating police K9 officers from around the state through emergency and specialty services
  • Providing spay and neuter services to approximately 20 Indiana animal shelters through the Priority 4 Paws mobile surgery unit
  • Giving temporary shelter through the PetSafe Program for animals whose families have been displaced due to emergencies created by natural disasters or domestic violence

It supports learning

The hospital provides veterinary medical and veterinary nursing students real-life experiences in patient care and management. We attract a cadre of outstanding and diverse future professionals who seek out Purdue based on our reputation for producing career-ready veterinarians and veterinary nurses, and our work to diversify the profession.

PVM students learn alongside faculty scholars who are experts in an array of specialized fields, including cardiology, oncology, surgery, internal medicine, neurology, radiology and ophthalmology. The faculty serves as practitioners, educators and scientific investigators pursuing advances in medical science.

Currently, the college enrolls nearly 340 DVM students and 90 veterinary nursing students on campus. Another 270 are participating in the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program. Additionally, close to 40 residents and 10 interns work in the hospital as part of their advanced training in specialty fields of veterinary medicine.

People from around Indiana and across the country bring animals large and small to the Purdue Veterinary Hospital for care and treatment or receive help and advice from the hospital’s field services. Moreover, the world increasingly recognizes the concept of “one health,” which describes the inextricable link between animal health and human health. Future medical advances depend on the benefits of translational medicine.

Our current challenges

The hospital's potential to benefit the people of Indiana and Purdue University is dependent on the size and quality of the facility and its capability to house new technology.

Most of the current hospital is more than a half-century old. 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 hospital. During the 2018 visit, COE team members concluded that Purdue must replace its small and large animal hospitals.

The path forward

New facility rendering

Purdue University is at a crossroads. We are facing a special opportunity to lead the state forward in a way that recognizes the general public’s growing understanding of and commitment to animal health, and its implications for human health and well-being.

A state-of-the-art hospital will

  • help Purdue fulfill its promise as a university by advancing both animal and human health through medical discovery.
  • meet the animal health care needs of companion animal and livestock owners through advanced diagnostic and medical services.
  • attract and educate the brightest future scholars and veterinary practitioners who will serve the needs of an increasingly diverse society.

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