A $US2.7 million gift from Centaur Gaming will help Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine build the Centaur Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center in Shelbyville, Indiana.
“The $US10 million center will house the most technologically advanced medical equipment to support diagnosis and treatment of equine patients, provide educational opportunities for veterinary students, and also enhance and expand our equine sports medicine research capacity,” the College of Veterinary Medicine’s dean, Willie Reed, said.
In addition to Centaur Gaming, Purdue also will partner with Shelbyville and Shelby County to build the center. They previously agreed to contribute a total of $US2.3 million to the center.
“Thanks to the generosity of Centaur Gaming, this facility will provide state-of-the-art health care and emergency treatment for horses,” said Purdue president Mitch Daniels.
“It also will foster the education of tomorrow’s equine specialists as well as scientific discovery focused on finding improved treatments for performance problems in equine athletes.”
The center, to be located just a few miles from the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s track in Shelbyville, will be part of the Purdue Equine Sports Medicine program based on the West Lafayette campus.
It will offer advanced diagnostic imaging, shockwave therapy, endoscopy and specialized equine surgery in a one-story, 18,000-square-foot center.
Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun said. “This facility will have a significant positive impact on the community and will create a host of other opportunities that will complement its growth and development.”
The new facility builds on the College of Veterinary Medicine’s longstanding commitment to serving the equine industry.
Purdue’s Large Animal Hospital was the site of the first arthroscopic surgery – a joint procedure – on a horse in the mid-1970s.
In 1996 the college opened the Equine Sports Medicine Center with a technologically advanced high-speed equine treadmill.
Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine is the only veterinary school in Indiana.