Faculty & Staff


All is Well with Plans for the Equine Wellness Forum

Friday, December 4th, 2020 - It’s “virtually” time for the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual Equine Wellness Forum, which this time will be held in an all virtual format beginning February 6, 2021. Registration is now open for the annual event, which is designed to inform horse owners and equine industry professionals about horse health issues ranging from basic preventative healthcare to the latest medical advancements.



PVM Professor Elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Friday, December 4th, 2020 - Dr. J. Paul Robinson, who holds a joint appointment in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, is one of seven Purdue professors newly elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is the world’s largest general scientific society. The professors are being honored for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.



Dean Willie Reed Honored with AAVLD Life Membership

Friday, December 4th, 2020 - The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) presented its Life Membership Award to Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed at the organization’s first virtual annual conference, which was held jointly with the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) this fall. Life membership is awarded to AAVLD members who have contributed significantly to the success of the AAVLD and by their example have inspired colleagues to enter the field of diagnostic medicine.



Celebrating the Career of a Vet Tech Veteran

Friday, November 20th, 2020 - Faculty and staff in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine bid adieu to a very familiar figure in the Veterinary Hospital's Large Animal Hospital during a virtual retirement reception honoring longtime Chief Large Animal Technologist Pat Navarre, RVT. The Zoom reception celebrating Pat’s retirement and enduring legacy was held on his last day on the job, Friday, November 13, 44 years after he started his Purdue Veterinary Medicine career.



Three PVM Faculty among New Showalter Trust Recipients

Friday, November 20th, 2020 - More than a dozen mid- and early-career Purdue University faculty members, including three in the College of Veterinary Medicine, have been chosen to receive funding from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund. Dr. Maggie O'Haire, Dr. Andrea Santos, and Dr. Uma Aryal, all in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, are among a total of 15 faculty members selected as Showalter Trust recipients.



New Director Joins Engagement Team to “Shepherd” PVM Lifelong Learning

Friday, November 20th, 2020 - The College of Veterinary Medicine is proud to welcome Ben Shepard, MS as the new director of lifelong learning. Though his last name is spelled slightly different, Ben is excited to have the opportunity to “shepherd” the college’s continuing education programs. He started in the position November 9, after working for the past 15 years at multiple universities in various student affairs positions focused on residential life and university housing, as well as student leadership and other opportunities for students who live in residence halls.



Purdue Veterinary Nurses Among First to Obtain Specialty Certification in Diagnostic Imaging

Friday, November 13th, 2020 - The addition of Diagnostic Imaging as a recognized Veterinary Technician Specialty created an opportunity that two veterinary nurses in the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital quickly opted to pursue. Now Christy DeYoung, RVT, VTS-DI and Lydia Trott, RVT, VTS-DI are among the first in the veterinary medical profession to obtain the designation of Veterinary Technician Specialist in the field of veterinary diagnostic imaging (VTS-DI).



Dr. Deepti Pillai Named as a 2020-21 Scholarship of Engagement Fellow

Friday, November 6th, 2020 - Purdue University’s Office of Engagement has announced the 2020-21 Scholarship of Engagement fellows – a list which includes Dr. Deepti Pillai, clinical assistant professor of diagnostic microbiology in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology. Dr. Pillai is one of a total of 14 faculty members in either clinical or tenure tracks from Purdue’s West Lafayette, Northwest, and Fort Wayne campuses selected for the program.



In Memory: Farrier James Kenneth Keith, Jr.

Friday, November 6th, 2020 - The Purdue Veterinary Medicine family is saddened to learn that farrier James Keith, Jr., of Wingate, Ind., who provided services to the College of Veterinary Medicine, passed away Friday, October 30, after a lengthy illness. He was 74.



New 3D Cell Culture Method Developed with Help of BMS Professor Points to Personalized Cancer Therapies

Friday, October 30th, 2020 - Each cancer patient’s tumors have cells that look and act differently, making it difficult for scientists to determine treatments based on tumors grown from generic cell cultures in the lab. Now, thanks to a new 3D cell culture technique developed by a team of Purdue University researchers, including College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member Sophie Lelièvre, it may be possible to personalize treatment by understanding the contributions of different cell types in a tumor to the cancer’s behavior.




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