PVM Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumnus Award (for DVM alumni)

Download the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award Nomination Packet (pdf)

Due: March 21, 2017

The Distinguished Alumnus Award dates back to 1978, when the first award was given posthumously to Dr. David Mullis (PU DVM '67). The award was established by the members of the Class of 1967 as a memorial tribute to their classmate. A total of 56 of the College's more than three-thousand Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduates have been honored as Distinguished Alumni.

Purpose: To honor our DVM alumni for excellence in the veterinary profession

Eligibility: Any veterinarian who has been in possession of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University for more than five years is eligible for the award.

Criteria for selection: The nominee's contributions to the profession may have been made in any of the following areas:

  1. excellence in practice - clinical, diagnostic, public health, regulatory, military

  2. excellence in teaching

  3. excellence in research

  4. excellence in involvement in organized veterinary medicine

  5. excellence in service to local community - a humane, caring, helping attitude toward family, friends, clients and community, including, but not limited to, club work (Lions, Kiwanis, etc.), church, school boards, town councils, political parties.

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Dr. Robert L. "Pete" Bill and Dr. John T. Schnarr. To view a video about the recipient, click on the link below.

Dr. Robert L. "Pete" Bill
Dr. John T. Schnarr

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Dr. Joe Klopfenstein (PU DVM '83), a large animal veterinarian from Vermont. To view a video about the recipient, click the link below.

Dr. Joe Klopfenstein

The 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Awards were presented to Dr. Michael Andrews (PU DVM '83), owner of the Woodcrest Veterinary Clinic in Riverside California, and Dr. Craig Wardrip (PU DVM '78), co-owner of the Crestwood Animal Clinic in Palos Heights, Ill. at the annual Purdue Veterinary Medicine Awards Celebration. To view videos about the recipients' careers, click on the links below.

Dr. Michael Andrews
Dr. Craig Wardrip

The 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Awards were presented to Dr. Ron DeHaven (PU DVM '75), AVMA executive vice president and Dr. Max Rodibaugh (PU DVM '77), a nationally recognized swine veterinarian at the annual Purdue Veterinary Medicine Awards Celebration. To view videos about the recipients' careers, click on the links below.

Dr. Ron DeHaven
Dr. Max Rodibaugh


PVM Distinguished Veterinary Technician / Veterinary Technologist Alumnus Award

Download the 2016 Distinguished VT Alumnus Award Nomination Packet (pdf)

Due: March 21, 2016

Purpose: To honor our Veterinary Technology Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree alumni for excellence in veterinary technology.

Eligibility: Any veterinary technician or veterinary technologist who has been in possession of their Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University for more than five years is eligible for the award.

Criteria for Selection: The nominee's contributions to the profession may have been made in any of the following areas:

  1. Practice (clinical, diagnostic, public health, regulatory, military)

  2. Teaching

  3. Research

  4. Service to the profession (e.g. involvement in organized veterinary technology, etc.)

  5. Service to the community

The 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award was presented to Alicia Howell (BS-VT '03), a Veterinary Technician practicing in Franklin, Ind. Alicia earned her specialist in Animal Behavior credentials in 2010 and has served in multiple leadership roles including Past President of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and President-Elect of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Bobbie Kaufman, RVT (PU AS-VT '87), a veterinary technician and teacher at Brown Mackie College in Michigan City, Ind. To view a video about her career, click on the link below.

Bobbie Kaufman, RVT

The Veterinary Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 2011. The first recipient honored was Kristin Husband, RVT (AS-VT '02). To view a video about her career, click on the link below.

Kristen Husband, RVT


Other Awards Received by Alumni

Purdue Veterinary Medicine also is pleased to recognize alumni who have received awards and recognition from other organizations. Submit information about awards received to: pvmnews@purdue.edu.

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