As of January 1, 2015, the administration of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) at Purdue
University transitioned from the College of Agriculture to the College of Veterinary Medicine. The move
reflects the ADDL’s close relationship with teaching, engagement and scholarly activities within Purdue
Veterinary Medicine (PVM) and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Incorporation of the ADDL into PVM is
expected to enhance joint efforts to meet the needs of veterinarians and animal owners throughout the state.
The ADDL serves to aid the people of Indiana and the nation in the prevention, control, and eradication of
animal diseases by diagnosing diseases in livestock, poultry, companion animals, and fish and wildlife, as well
as by providing blood testing of animals for show, sale, and federal and state disease programs. The laboratory
works with local, state, federal, and international partners to meet current and future needs.
The ADDL is a full-service diagnostic facility with state-of-the-art equipment and nationally and
internationally recognized staff. In the past fiscal year, the ADDL saw 24,214 cases, performed 102,451
examinations, and completed 1,878 necropsies. The main laboratory is located on the Purdue University
campus, adjacent to the College of Veterinary Medicine, in West Lafayette, Ind. Additionally, the ADDL
operates a branch laboratory, Heeke ADDL, which is located at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agriculture
Center in Dubois County.
The Purdue Veterinary Medicine family was saddened to learn of the passing of these two
Dr. Charles Kanitz (PU DVM ‘64) of Lafayette, Professor Emeritus of Veterinary
Virology and former head of the Virology and Serology Sections of the Animal Disease
Diagnostic Laboratory, died Tuesday, September 22. He was 80.
A United States Air Force veteran, Dr. Kanitz earned his DVM degree at Purdue
University in 1964, and went on to earn his M.S. degree in 1968 and his Ph.D. in
1972. He played a key role in efforts to eradicate hog cholera, collaborated to develop
a vaccine against pseudorabies and traveled internationally sharing his expertise with
the swine industry. He received several awards including the American Association
of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) Life Member award for significant
contributions in the field of diagnostic medicine, and the AAVLD Pioneer in Virology
Award. He retired in 2001. Gifts in memory of Dr. Kanitz may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dr. Roger Lukens, Purdue Veterinary Medicine Professor Emeritus of Veterinary
Technology, died Tuesday, May 12, at his home in Medicine Lodge, Kan. He was 73. Dr.
Lukens earned his DVM degree from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary
Medicine in 1966. In 1969, he began teaching at Colby Community College in Colby,
Kan., and set-up the Animal Health Technology Program. Dr. Lukens joined the Purdue
Veterinary Medicine faculty in 1975 and became the founding director of the Purdue
Veterinary Technology Program, which started that year. He retired in 2006. His
daughter, Dr. Melissa Lukens Knoll, is a PVM alumna who earned her Purdue DVM
degree in 1998. Memorials may be made to the Medicine Lodge Lions Club in care of
the Larrison Funeral Home.
ANIMAL DISEASE DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY JOINS
PURDUE VETERINARY MEDICINE
Professor Emeritus Charles
Professor Emeritus Roger