Purdue changes name from "school" to "college"
Effective spring 2012, Purdues veterinary school will change its name to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Trustees voted to change the name of Purdues School of Veterinary Medicine to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Dec. 17, 2011, citing an effort to ensure an accurate understanding of the colleges mission.
"The name more accurately reflects the size and scope of the programs within the School of Veterinary Medicine," said Willie M. Reed, the schools dean. "In addition to the doctorate of veterinary medicine program, we now offer the baccalaureate degree and the associate degree in veterinary technology. We also offer the master of science and Ph.D. degrees in a number of biomedical disciplines. The change would be more in line with the other major units on campus and reduce confusion by some who mistakenly believe that our school is part of another Purdue college."
Reed also referenced the fact that the word "college" is used in all but five of the 28 U.S. veterinary institutions as cause for the name change.
The change will be effective for the spring semester of 2012. As of Dec. 20, 2011, the Purdue website still calls the veterinary program the School of Veterinary Medicine.