A $2.7 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, Ind.

"The $10 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," said Willie M. Reed, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, ACPV, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Plans for the center were announced Dec. 7 in Chicago, Ill., during an Indiana Society of Chicago dinner honoring the College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to Centaur Gaming, Purdue also will partner with Shelbyville and Shelby County to build 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 new center, which will 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, Ind., campus. It will offer advanced diagnostic imaging, shock wave therapy, endoscopy, and specialized equine surgery in a one-story, 18,000-square-foot center.

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