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Centaur gift to spur Purdue equine hospital

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Purdue University plans to build a $10 million veterinary hospital for horses in Shelbyville, made possible in part by a $2.7 million grant from Indiana racino owner and operator Centaur Gaming.

The 18,000-square-foot facility—to be named the Centaur Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center—will offer state-of-the-art health care services and emergency treatment for horses, according to the university. It will feature advanced diagnostic imaging, shockwave therapy, endoscopy and specialized equine surgery.

It also will provide educational opportunities for students in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and be considered part of the Purdue Equine Sports Medicine program.

Shelbyville and Shelby County have agreed to contribute $2.3 million to the center. The timeline for constructing the project was not immediately clear on Friday morning.

Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming, founded in 1993, owns and operates Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson.

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