PVM Honors Retiring Faculty

Two well-known personalities in the Purdue Veterinary Medicine family were honored at receptions held in recognition of their retirement this past year.  Dr. Mark Hilton, clinical professor of food animal production medicine was recognized for his contributions to the College and the veterinary medical profession throughout his 18 years of service to Purdue during a reception April 29.  Gretchen Stephens was honored on the occasion of her retirement as veterinary medical librarian and associate professor of library science after a nearly 40 year career at Purdue University during a reception June 28.

Dr. Hilton earned both his bachelor's degree in animal sciences and his DVM degree at Purdue in 1980 and 1983, respectively.  He then worked in private practice at the DeWitt Veterinary Clinic in DeWitt, Iowa, where he served as an associate veterinarian and then co-owner until 1998, when he returned to Purdue.  During that time he also became board certified in the Beef Cattle Specialty by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).  He began his Purdue career as a staff veterinarian in beef production medicine and then in 2004 became a clinical assistant professor.  He was promoted to clinical associate professor in 2006 and then clinical professor in 2012.

Named one of the 20 most influential cattle veterinarians in North America by “Bovine Veterinarian” magazine, Dr. Hilton is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in beef production medicine and in 2009 he received the Western Veterinary Conference Continuing Lecturer of the Year Award.  Also known for being passionate about teaching, Dr. Hilton received many teaching honors including the Weedon Faculty Award, the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Veterinary Technology Program and the Raymond E. Plue Outstanding Teacher Award.  Upon his retirement, Dr. Hilton embarked on another phase of his career, joining Elanco Animal Health as Beef Cow/Calf Technical Services Veterinary Consultant May 23.

PVM students gather with Dr. Mark Hilton, who holds a photo collage autographed by students and presented at his retirement reception.

PVM students gather with Dr. Mark Hilton, who holds a photo collage autographed by students and presented at his retirement reception.

Dean Willie Reed presents a framed picture of the Continuum sculpture to Veterinary Medical Librarian Gretchen Stephens in honor of her retirement.

Dean Willie Reed presents a framed picture of the Continuum sculpture to Veterinary Medical Librarian Gretchen Stephens in honor of her retirement.

Gretchen Stephens’ Purdue career started in 1977, just a year before current dean, Willie Reed, arrived at the College of Veterinary Medicine as a graduate student.  “It’s hard to think of Purdue Veterinary Medicine without Gretchen,” Dean Reed said. Remembering the arduous task of conducting literature reviews in those earlier years, Dean Reed recalled the many trips he made as a graduate student to the library in Lynn Hall, and how helpful Gretchen was. “What I remember the most was, what we see today, this beautiful smile and the kindness she always exuded and the professionalism she always brought to her job.”

Purdue Libraries Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Tomalee Doan commended Gretchen for her longstanding commitment to developing an outstanding collection in veterinary medicine at Purdue. She also noted Gretchen’s service on Purdue Libraries teams and committees, her work in developing web resources for the applications and integrations courses, and her most recent role in developing the bibliographic library for HABRI Central, the online resource hub for information and research on the human-animal bond.  Purdue Dean of Libraries James Mullins added, “For nearly 40 years Gretchen has been the face of the Libraries that our colleagues in vet med knew, appreciated and loved. Her persistence and attention to detail was appreciated by all; everyone knew that no stone would be left unturned until the appropriate bit of information to assist answering a research problem or integrating into a paper was identified.”


This story is part of the 2016 Annual PVM Report.

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