After several years of discussion and planning, the Indiana Animal Health Foundation (IAHF) Board of Directors met on May 11, 2016, and approved moving forward with developing a fund-raising plan to build a veterinary building on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair (ISF) in Indianapolis. The “Vetplex”, will provide a year-round facility for use by the IVMA/IAHF and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Indiana State Fair Commission (ISFC) will have two educational staff offices in this building and will utilize this building as a primary space for educational outreach and renting of the space for meetings and as an event space.
Initial building designs are complete; the building would contain approximately 8400 square feet for general public interaction exhibit space along with a classroom for meetings, public restrooms, large animal entrance with observational area, small animal pre-operative area, small animal operating room with full glass viewing window, small animal kennel, staff lounge with staff restroom and shower, and 3 overnight living spaces for use during extended educational events. In addition, In addition, the building will have a 12’ deep porch on 3 sides (west, south and east).
The VET will be located on the north side of the ISF campus at the primary north side public walk in gate (Gate #12). This area of the ISF campus has become the “Educational Corridor” of the campus. The Glass Barn, as well as the Normandy Barn, are two essential components of this area along with Pioneer Village as well as the Family Fun Park. In addition, the FFA Pavil-ion and the 4-H Exhibit Complexes round out the north side of the ISF campus.