PVM Dean, Faculty and Alumni Honored by IVMA
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) honored Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed at its annual meeting in February when it presented him with the President’s Award. The award was just one of several honors given by the IVMA to PVM faculty and alumni.
Conferred by the IVMA president, the President’s Award recognizes an Indiana veterinarian who has made exceptional contributions to the association during the president’s term in office. Outgoing IVMA president Phil Borst (PU DVM ’75), praised Dean Reed for demonstrating leadership in promoting organized veterinary medicine for faculty and staff since his appointment as Dean, and for his interactions with the IVMA Board of Directors that have led to healthy dialogue on important issues for veterinary medicine. A 1978 DVM graduate of Tuskegee University, Dean Reed earned his Ph.D. in veterinary pathology at Purdue in 1982. After serving several years on the PVM faculty, he accepted a position at Michigan State University, where he served as professor, director of the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health and head of the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation before returning to Purdue to become Dean in January 2007.
The IVMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Jim Weisman (PU DVM ’97), PVM director of student services and clinical assistant professor. The award recognizes an IVMA member for cumulative service and accomplishments benefitting the profession, organized veterinary medicine and the community. Dr. Weisman was cited for being actively involved in organized veterinary medicine since earning his Purdue DVM degree in 1997. He has served in all of the IVMA officer positions, completing his term as president in 2006, as well as on a number of IVMA committees, including the Membership, Legislative, and Audit and Budget committees. Additionally, he sits on the Indiana Animal Health Foundation Board and chairs the Veterinary Medicine Political Action Committee. He also is involved with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), serving as the AVMA Alternate Delegate representing Indiana, and participating on the AVMA Early Career Development Committee.
Dr. Maria Cooper (PU DVM 2011) received the Achievement Award, which is given to an IVMA member who has graduated within the last five years and displayed outstanding accomplishments in veterinary research, civic activities, academia, and/or organized veterinary medicine. After graduating in 2011, Dr. Cooper immediately became involved in organized veterinary medicine. She has attended the Heartland Veterinary Conference and the American Veterinary Medical Association Leadership Conference. She currently serves on the IVMA Health and Wellness Committee and the Annual Meeting Committee. Dr. Cooper also recently completed the “Power of 10” IVMA Leadership Program. Additionally, she serves as deputy director of biosecurity and emergency programs at the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
Dr. Aileen McDivitt (PU DVM 2000) received the IVMA Volunteer Award, which is presented to an IVMA member who has provided leadership or service to a particular project or program of the association. Dr. McDivitt has been a member of the IVMA since graduating in 2000. For the last four years, she has served as the Association’s treasurer. She also has served on the IVMA Continuing Education Committee and currently serves on the Audit and Budget Committee. An associate veterinarian at the Kokomo Animal Hospital, Dr. McDivitt is actively involved in her church, community and with her family.