Gift to fund new Purdue equine center

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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,” Dr. Willie M. Reed, dean of the veterinary college, said.

Plans for the center were announced Dec. 7, 2013. In addition to Centaur Gaming, Purdue will partner with Shelbyville and Shelby County to build the center.

The new center, which will be located just a few miles from the Indiana Grand Racing and 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.

“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.”

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