PVM Salutes Dr. Mark Hilton at Retirement Reception

May 13, 2016

Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students gathered Friday, April 29, to celebrate the career of Dr. Mark Hilton, clinical professor of food animal production medicine. During a retirement reception held in his honor in the Continuum Café, Dr. Hilton was recognized for his contributions to the College and the veterinary medical profession during his 18 year Purdue tenure.

Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department Head Catharine Scott-Moncrieff described Dr. Hilton as someone who “…bleeds black and gold,” noting that he earned both his BS 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 and then 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. Dr. Scott-Moncrieff pointed out that he was only the second clinical track faculty member to be promoted to full professor.

Dr. Scott-Moncrieff went on to spotlight three aspects of Dr. Hilton’s career. She explained that he is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in beef production medicine, and even was named one of the 20 most influential cattle veterinarians in North America by Bovine Veterinarian magazine. He also is highly regarded as a speaker, traveling nationally and internationally to give lectures on beef production medicine, and even received the Western Veterinary Conference Continuing Lecturer of the Year Award in 2009. Dr. Scott-Moncrieff said, thirdly, that Dr. Hilton is, first and foremost, someone who is passionate about teaching, and a champion of learning opportunities for DVM and veterinary technology students. The many teaching honors he has received include the Weedon Faculty Award, the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Veterinary Technology Program and the Raymond E. Plue Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Hilton was presented with a framed picture collage autographed by students. Dean Willie Reed also announced the Purdue Board of Trustees’ approval of Dr. Hilton’s designation as clinical professor emeritus of veterinary clinical sciences upon his retirement, in recognition of his many years of distinguished service to the University. Among those attending the ceremony were his parents, his wife Denise, and the families of their two sons, Matthew and Steven.

Dr. Hilton said he is fond of telling people he has had one of the best careers on the planet, with the privilege of teaching the best students at Purdue, in the DVM and Veterinary Technology Program. He added he has learned as much from his students as they have learned from him. He also thanked the veterinary technicians he has worked with at Purdue. Upon his retirement, he is embarking on another phase of his career. As of May 23 he will join Elanco Animal Health as Beef Cow/Calf Technical Services Veterinary Consultant.

Dr. Mark Hilton accepts a photo collage autographed by students, which was presented to him on the occasion of his retirement by VCS Department Head Catharine Scott-Moncrieff

Dr. Mark Hilton accepts a photo collage autographed by students, which was presented to him on the occasion of his retirement by VCS Department Head Catharine Scott-Moncrieff

Dr. Mark Hilton with the students who attended his retirement reception.

Dr. Mark Hilton with the students who attended his retirement reception.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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