Veterinary Technology Office
For more information and general inquiries about the program, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-496-6579
Meet our Team
Christina V. Tran, DVM
Director of the Veterinary Technology Programs
Dr. Tran earned her veterinary degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During veterinary school, she worked as a small animal student intern and assisted with any overnight emergencies at the veterinary teaching hospital. It was during this time that she first learned the importance of working together with veterinary technicians as a healthcare team. Following graduation, Dr. Tran spent ten years in small animal private practice in Illinois, California, and Oregon. She also worked in shelter medicine for several years. In 2011, she began teaching full-time at Portland Community College's Veterinary Technology program. In 2013, Dr. Tran became the Director of Purdue University's Veterinary Technology program. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Dr. Tran enjoys being in the classroom and teaches several courses in the on-campus program. In her free time, Dr. Tran enjoys traveling with her family, playing tennis, and running.
Paige Allen, MS, RVT
Distance Learning Instructional Technologist
Paige has worked at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine for 30 years. She began her career in the Large Animal Hospital where she had the good fortune of learning large animal anesthesia and surgical nursing skills from wonderful mentors. From this experience she found a love of anesthesia and blood gases. Questions about anesthesia? Just ask her!
She was Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Central Supply and Sterilization area for 3 years. In 1999, she was the first technician hired to help develop and teach in the veterinary technology distance learning program. She currently teaches anesthesia, large animal, and surgical nursing. She also teaches in the on-campus program. Paige earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology in 1984 from National College in her home state of South Dakota. She earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan in 1996 and her Masters in Educational Technology from Purdue in 2005.
She is passionate about veterinary technology and the future of the profession. She currently works with National FFA on the Veterinary Science Career Development Event. She also is the second veterinary technician to serve on the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Board of Directors. This organization holds a conference in Orlando Florida each winter and truly supports the profession.
Paige and her husband live in the country and in their spare time, they farm 40 acres of land. The share their home with two cats. They were supposed to be barn cats but are really outside cats with indoor privileges.
Beth Burnett, MS
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
Beth Burnett is the Assistant Director of Academic Advising for the Veterinary Technology program. She has been an advisor at Purdue for over twenty years. She met her husband, David, a Purdue professor, when they were both Peace Corps volunteers in Zaire, now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are extremely proud of their two sons, both Purdue graduates. Nate is the Vice President of Operations for a truck modification firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jake is a Beverage Scientist (which is a real job) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Like many empty nesters, Beth and David talk to their rescue dog, Ssebo, like he is a person. He responds by barking all night, which doesn't mean he's spoiled. They can't figure out what it does mean, though, since nobody is ever out there.
Natalie was born and raised in Indiana. She grew up with Cricket, an Indian pony, Fergie, a Black Angus calf, and an assortment of horses. Although her brother, who raises and trains Arabians, tried to teach her how to jump, she never acquired the skill of staying on.
Natalie came to Purdue as a student and never left – Go Boilers! She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, and an Associate of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. She met her husband at Purdue, has two children – one who is a Purdue Alum, and four grandkids who she is constantly recruiting to be future Boilers.
Over the years Natalie has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of Purdue students. Early on she coordinated first-year experiences that helped new Purdue students get a firm start in their college career. She then moved to planning and organizing the University's commencement ceremonies to celebrate students' success. She moved to the College of Veterinary Medicine to work with veterinary technology students. Helping veterinary technology students pursue their career goals is her favorite professional experience.
Winter and snow is Natalie's favorite time of the year. In her opinion 28 degrees and below without snow is a waste of cold temperatures
For fun she enjoys camping, Purdue Women's Basketball, and trying to convince her husband that a dog would be a nice addition to their family. In the meantime, Natalie loves on her daughter's dog, Zukey. She also enjoys helping her grandson with his horses at the 4-H fair.
Martie has been the Veterinary Technology Secretary since September 2015. She has an Associate's Degree in Office Administration from Ivy Tech. Prior to her employment at Purdue, Martie was a paraprofessional at an elementary school.
She enjoys speaking with prospective and current students for both the Distance Learning and the On-Campus program.
In her free time, she likes to read and attend Purdue football and basketball games to watch her youngest son in the marching and pep bands.
Josh Clark, MS, RVT
Distance Learning Instructional Technologist
Josh has been an instructor with Purdue University's veterinary technology program since 2001. He was originally hired to teach courses in the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program (VTDLP) but over the years has become involved with teaching courses in the on-campus veterinary technology program as well. Josh teaches quite a few courses in the VTDLP including Introduction to Veterinary Technology, Small Animal Nursing, Parasitology, Microbiology and Veterinary Practice Management. In the on-campus program, Josh also teaches Veterinary Practice Management, Microbiology, as well as a Life Skills elective and a Human Resources elective.
Josh earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University. In 2005, Josh also earned a Master of Science degree in Education from Purdue University. Josh served a six-year term on the AVMA's Committee for Veterinary Technology Education and Activities (CVTEA) – the committee responsible for accrediting veterinary technology programs in the United States – from 2005-2011. In 2011 Josh was named the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America's (NAVTA) Veterinary Technician of the Year. In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing the bass and has played in several different cover bands over the years.
Pam Phegley, BS, RVT
Clinical Rotation Coordinator, Distance Learning Instructional Technologist
Pam Phegley is a 1983 AAS graduate and a 2001 BS graduate from Purdue's Veterinary Technology program. From 1984 to 2002, she was the Chief Small Animal Medicine Technologist in Purdue's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, instructing both DVM and veterinary technology students in the classroom, lab and clinic. In 2002, she joined the Veterinary Technology program administration as the Clinical Coordinator for the on-campus and distance learning programs. Pam is responsible for student rotations in the VTH for on-campus students, and does some classroom and lab instruction as well. She coordinates the clinical mentorship aspect of the distance learning program as well as various on-campus workshops for DL students.
Julie Roahrig, RVT, RLAT
Julie Roahrig is a 1997 graduate of the Purdue Veterinary Technology program. She returned to Purdue in 2011 to be a part of the on- campus program as the Laboratory Coordinator. Her career path as a Registered Veterinary Technician has given her experiences in private practice, emergency medicine, the poultry industry, research, and teaching. She also is a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician. She has been an advisor for PVTSA (Purdue Veterinary Technology Student Association) and is part of the Indiana State Fair Coordinator team participating with Purdue's Spay/Neuter demos. She spends most of her free time with her two granddaughters, Lola and Scarlette. She has three big dogs (Hank, Jeb and Quinn), two cats, two gerbils and one hamster.
Jennifer Smith, BS, RVT, RLAT
Jennifer Smith graduated from Purdue University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. Upon graduation, she worked as a veterinary technologist in small animal private practice. In 2009, she returned to Purdue to work as a research versa technologist for the Clinical Discovery Laboratory.
Jennifer joined the Veterinary Technology Program in 2014 as an instructional technologist. She is a member of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE) and the American Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences (AALAS).
For questions about admission requirements and procedures, please contact:
Office of Admissions
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-0544