WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue is moving forward with its plan to build a new veterinary teaching hospital. The new building will house state-of-the-art facilities and services, replacing the current hospital.
According to a press release from Purdue, The project, pending formal approval from Purdue’s Board of Trustees, will cost $108 million. Purdue has committed $35 million, which includes ongoing fundraising by the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the state of Indiana recently approved a $73 million appropriation.
“With this support, we can say that the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s dream of having a new state-of-the-art hospital facility will become a reality,” said Willie Reed, dean of Purdue’s College of Veterinary medicine.
The new hospital, which will be constructed just east of Lynn Hall on Purdue’s campus, will consist of small and large animal facilities, including a new equine hospital and farm animal hospital. The current small animal hospital will be renovated to modernize facilities.
Building a new teaching hospital will solve an important issue with the college’s accreditation, which was recently changed from full accreditation to probationary accreditation after the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education cited issues with the existing veterinary teaching hospital following a visit last fall by an accreditation review team.
The Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine is the only veterinary college in Indiana.