Purdue University has acquired the land to build a $12 million veterinary care facility near the Indiana Downs racetrack and the architect's plans are complete, so the school is now focusing on raising money.
The Shelbyville News (http://bit.ly/N5W0Y4) reports that plans call for a 23,000-square-foot facility on 20 acres. The facility will have emergency veterinary care, specialized equine surgery capability and advanced medical imaging.
Dr. Willie Reed, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue, says Shelbyville is a natural site for the facility because it has a lot of development centered around agriculture and the equine industry and because it is close to Indianapolis.
Reed says he doesn't know when ground will be broken, saying it depends on how quickly the money can be raised.