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  • 1946 - Drs. Ed Haelterman and Billy Hooper determined that the causative agent of Transmissible Gastroenteritis (TGE) Virus of swine was a coronavirus and provided the first description of viral atrophic enteritis in animals or humans. The first description of the disease was by Purdue researchers, Drs. LP Doyle and LM Hutchings
  • 1972 - The first Minority Recruitment Seminar/Workshop in the history of veterinary medicine was held at Purdue University.
  • 1975 - The Veterinary Technology Program was established. In 1997, a distance learning degree in veterinary technology was launched. Currently, Purdue University is one of only four institutions in the country training all members of the veterinary team.
  • 1979:- The Purdue Comparative Oncology Program was founded to advance cancer research through exceptional care and treatment of naturally occurring cancer in pet animals. In 1992, piroxicam was reported as a treatment for canine bladder cancer.
  • 1981 - Application of electric field stimulation was used to enhance spinal cord regeneration. In 1987, the Center for Paralysis Research was established, launching innovative comparative medical research projects that lead to novel paralysis treatments for people and other animals. 
  • 1990 - Purdue became the first veterinary program to offer a “tracked” curriculum, giving DVM students choices for species specialization.  The first management training certificate program for veterinarians was launched as a collaboration involving the Purdue Krannert School of Management.
  • 1996 - The Equine Sports Medicine Center with a technologically advanced high-speed equine treadmill was founded to support equine research at Purdue.
  • 2006 - A broadly-protective anti-H5N1 influenza vaccine based on recombinant adenovirus technology was developed.
  • 2008 - Purdue launched Access to Animal-Related Careers, a residential summer program targeted to pre-vet undergraduates who are underrepresented in veterinary medicine. The first Boiler Vet Camp was held for middle school students. P-12 engagement has since expanded to offer opportunities for students in elementary through high school.
  • 2009 - The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program was launched with a $1.2 million grant from Maddie’s Fund, providing a combination of lecture courses for Purdue veterinary students, externships, research opportunities and doctoral and postdoctoral positions. 
  • 2013 - The Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine was established and the first narrative on the subject was published. 
  • 2014 - Center for Animal Welfare Science was established as a collaboration between the College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Agriculture to promote the welfare of animals through innovation in research, education, engagement, and policy.