Gift to fund Purdue equine center

CENTAUR Gaming is gifting $2.7 million to help the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine build the Centaur Regional Equine Diagnostic & 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, dean of the Purdue 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," Purdue president Mitch Daniels said. "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 a horse racing 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, shockwave therapy, endoscopy and specialized equine surgery in a one-story, 18,000 sq. ft. center.

Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming, founded in 1993, owns and operates Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville; Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind.; the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, Ind., and off-track betting facilities in Clarksville, Ft. Wayne and Merrillville, Ind.

Shelbyville and Shelby County previously agreed to contribute a total of $2.3 million to the center.

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.

Volume:85 Issue:53

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