WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Purdue Board of Trustees voted on Friday to move forward with plans for the new veterinary teaching hospital.
As New 18 previously reported, the current hospital no longer meets accreditation standards. It was put on probationary accreditation at the end of April.
However the day before it was put on that status, the Indiana State Legislature agreed to give $133 million dollars to the university, $73 million dollars of that will be used to help fund the new vet project.
Now that they have the blessing of the trustees, Dean Willie Reed said things are looking up for the future of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
"Now we can move forward in planning this very exciting project that's going to provide an environment for training veterinary students for the future," he said. "It's wonderful."
The new facility will have separate building for equine, small animal and farm clients. Having that separation will foster an environment focused on public health and safety. Along with the money from the legislature, the state also voted to recognize the Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine as a public health institution.
"The legislature understands the important role that veterinary medicine plays in one health which is convergence of human health, human health, and the environment," said Dean Reed.
The new hospital will be built just east of Lynn Hall on Purdue's campus. The entire project will cost $108 million dollars.
Construction is scheduled to start in March of 2020 and will be complete in the summer of 2021.
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