Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli Honored at Going Away Reception

August 19, 2016

Dean Willie Reed with Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli after presenting their recognition gifts at their farewell reception.
Dean Willie Reed with Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli after presenting their recognition gifts at their farewell reception.

 

Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli enjoy visiting with well-wishers at the reception held in their honor in the Continuum Cafe.
Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli enjoy visiting with well-wishers at the reception held in their honor in the Continuum Café.

The Purdue Veterinary Medicine family officially bid farewell to Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli at a reception held in their honor Wednesday, August 10 in the Continuum Café. Dr. Ramesh Vemulapalli, head of the Department of Comparative Pathobiology and professor of veterinary microbiology and immunology, and Dr. Tracy Vemulapalli, clinical assistant professor of comparative pathobiology and director of the Indiana MS-Graduate Training/Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine, both are leaving for new opportunities at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

During the farewell reception, PVM Dean Willie Reed commended both for the way in which they became fully engaged as faculty members, and for serving as outstanding examples of what it means to be contributing members in an academic, university environment. "I just want today to thank both of you for the many, many contributions you have made to the College," Dean Reed said. He pointed out how they participated in nearly every PVM activity, even evening and weekend events, in addition to helping with such programs as Boiler Vet Camp, the Access to Animal Related Careers (A2RC) Program, and being really engaged with the annual Purdue Veterinary Conference. He also noted that they are two of the "stars" featured in one of the PVM engagement books for children, called, "How I Became A Veterinarian."

Both came to Purdue in 2001, when Dr. Ramesh Vemulapalli joined the Department of Comparative Pathobiology faculty and became head of the Molecular Diagnostics Section of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL). He has served as CPB department head since 2011, and is leaving effective August 30 to become head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Tracy Vemulapalli, who earned her DVM degree at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and a master's in molecular bacteriology at Virginia Tech, completed her graduate work in laboratory animal medicine at Purdue in 2007 and has served as Purdue Veterinary Medicine's laboratory animal veterinarian since 2008. She concluded her Purdue tenure August 15, to take a leadership position in the Lab Animal Residency Program at Texas A&M.

Speaking to both, Dean Reed said, "You've contributed so much to the success of the College of Veterinary Medicine for the last 15 years. We wish you well and much success in your new careers at Texas A&M, and remember you will always be part of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine family and we will be cheering for you from up north." Then he gave both special tokens of appreciation for their service to the College.

In response, Dr. Tracy Vemulapalli said, "We have been incredibly blessed for 15 years to be working in a place where students thrive, where differences are celebrated, and where we're watching the future of veterinary medicine grow." Dr. Ramesh Vemulapalli also spoke, recalling the time when he was completing his PhD at the University of Maryland, and told his graduate committee that his dream job was to be a faculty member in a veterinary college where he could teach and do research and also provide diagnostic services to veterinary practitioners. "When we moved here, from day one, I felt that collegiality and family-like atmosphere, and I felt like everyone wanted me to succeed," Dr. Vemulapalli said. "And so many senior faculty helped me to learn the ropes in ADDL particularly. Most importantly during the last 15 years I was given so many opportunities, and I cannot thank everyone enough for those opportunities."

With the Vemulapallis leaving, Dean Willie Reed has appointed Dr. Suresh Mittal, professor of comparative pathobiology, as interim head of the Comparative Pathobiology Department, effective September 1.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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