INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — State Rep. Sheila Klinker announced that the State Budget Committee has approved more than $37 million in improvements to Purdue University's veterinary facilities.
The new budget additions will cover two projects.
The bulk of the money, $35 million, is earmarked for a new 76,600 square-foot hospital focused on the treatment of horses and other large animals. It will be located in the area of the current Freehafer Hall, which will be demolished.
“The Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine is the only college of its kind in the state of Indiana and one of just four colleges across the country that is designed to educate the entire veterinary team,” Klinker said. “Under the careful guidance of Dean Willie Reed, the university has identified the new hospital as the top priority in its efforts to offer the best level of services to a new generation of students.
The remaining $2.395 million will go toward infrastructure improvements to the existing Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine.
“The profession of veterinary medicine has changed greatly in the more than 50 years since Lynn Hall opened its doors,” she continued. “The quality of medical care expected for animals has come to rival that for the quality of health care expected by their owners, with a greater emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. By offering modernized facilities, we can meet animal care needs and help to train the next generation of veterinarians.”
Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in September of 2018. The hospital should be open by the summer of 2020.