$476.9 million. That’s a big amount, even in today’s world. We are excited
to share with you, in this Annual Report issue of our PVM Report magazine,
the Economic Impact Study that generated that number as the summation
of the total economic output of the Purdue University College of Veterinary
Medicine and our alumni in Indiana for 2014. Measuring our economic impact,
in the context of the state that gave us our land grant charter, is an important
part of telling our story. Within the veterinary medical profession, the value of
our College, as one of only 30 veterinary colleges in the U.S. is well-recognized.
However, outside of our profession, there is much less awareness of our impact on
economic activity. The summary provided by this study is a needed resource in our
efforts to broaden appreciation for our contributions to the overall health of our
state and our nation.
A recent groundbreaking ceremony provided a wonderful example of our capability to
positively impact the economy. On the following pages, you will see coverage of the
ceremonial start of construction on the new Centaur Equine Diagnostic and Surgical
Center, which is taking physical shape in the farm fields of Shelby County just southeast
of Indianapolis. Our College has a long history of delivering top-quality medical and surgical treatment for
equine patients through our Large Animal Hospital in West Lafayette, but that location sometimes limits
the hospital’s accessibility. This new facility in Shelbyville, Ind., will expand the range of cases that can be
referred for the kind of advanced treatment available at a veterinary college teaching hospital. The interest
and enthusiasm for this initiative came from a wonderful coalition of people representing our College, Shelby
County and the City of Shelbyville, the equine industry, and our alumni, especially alumnus and former state
senator Bob Jackman.
These are just some of the developments we are excited about as we reflect on the past year. Looking to the
future, we are guided by a new strategic plan developed with input received from our stakeholder groups. I
appreciate everyone’s participation in this vital initiative, which will shape the future direction of our College.
The plan for the period of 2015-2020 outlines five focus areas, in the context of the College’s strategic themes
of education, discovery and engagement. Several teams of faculty and staff are finalizing detailed plans to
address the goals outlined for each strategic theme.
Our achievements will build on key attributes of our College that were affirmed through this strategic
planning effort: we are welcoming; we are committed to an inclusive climate and increased diversity in
veterinary medicine; we are like a family in our compassionate commitment to ensuring everyone’s success;
we treasure our College’s heritage of providing excellent hands-on education to train students that are “
career-ready;” we are entrepreneurs in medical discovery; and we love our profession and its potential to improve
the health and well-being of animals and people. Click here to access PVM ePubs for a summary of the plan,
where you also can download the PVM ePubs app, which will give you easy access to the plan, as well as a
variety of other publications from our College, on your mobile device.
Another key component of our success is the generous financial support we receive from our alumni and
friends, who are recognized in the Donor Honor Roll contained in this Annual Report issue. To all of our
contributors we say thank you for being important partners in the positive impacts we are making on
our world today, and the brighter future we are building for tomorrow.
Willie M. Reed, DVM, PhD