PVM Faculty and Alumni Elected to IVMA Leadership Roles

February 19, 2016

Three Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumni, including PVM Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Student Services Jim Weisman (PU DVM ’97), have been elected to significant leadership roles in the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA).  Dr. Weisman was selected to serve as the delegate from Indiana to the American Veterinary Medical Association.  A 1997 Purdue DVM graduate, Dr. Weisman is a past president of the IVMA and has served on many IVMA committees and task forces.  Additionally, for the past six years, he served as Indiana’s alternate delegate to the AVMA. 

Dr. Maria Cooper (PU DVM 2011) is the new IVMA President-elect.  She currently serves on the IVMA Health and Wellness and Annual Meeting committees, and has participated in the Power of 10 leadership development program. Dr. Cooper earned her Purdue DVM degree in 2011 and works for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, where she is the director of Biodefense, Food Protection, and High-Consequence Disease Preparedness.

The IVMA also elected Dr. Nathan Rich (PU DVM 2006) as Vice President.  Dr. Rich has served on the IVMA Board of Directors and recently served as Chair of the IVMA Membership Committee.  He also has been an active member of the 10th District of the IVMA.  A 2006 Purdue DVM graduate, Dr. Rich owns Country Acre Animal Clinic in New Castle, Ind.

The new IVMA officers were installed February 6 during the 132nd annual meeting of the IVMA in Indianapolis.

New IVMA leaders (left-right): Dr. Jim Weisman, Indiana Delegate to AVMA; Dr. Nathan Rich, Vice-President; Dr. Jerry Risser, immediate Past-President; Dr. Maria Cooper, President-Elect; Dr. James Stepusin, President.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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