PVM Featured in AVMA Convention News

July 28, 2017

In conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention in Indianapolis this past week, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine was featured in an article in the AVMA Convention Daily News publication. The article by Malinda Larkin in the Sunday, July 23, issue provided an overview of the College and highlighted some of its unique features. "Indiana's nearly 1,600 veterinarians are a close-knit bunch," Malinda wrote in the article. "A big reason why is the state's one and only veterinary college at Purdue University in West Lafayette, located about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis."

Malinda interviewed Dean Reed for the article, and quotes him as emphasizing how the College educates the whole veterinary team, as one of only four U.S. veterinary colleges that offer both DVM and Veterinary Technology degree programs. The article also points out how Dean Reed has made a concerted effort to increase diversity and inclusion in the program and profession overall, and noting that, in addition to increasing the percentage of underrepresented minority students, the College also has made great strides in recruiting and retaining female and underrepresented faculty. Additionally, the story emphasizes how Dean Reed has put resources behind his goal to have every student travel internationally before graduating.

Noting that the College's latest strategic plan includes a greater emphasis on food animal medicine, the article further explains how new faculty have been hired to better serve Indiana's rapidly growing animal industries in swine, dairy, and poultry. The story also points out how Purdue has increased its clinical services for horses with the dedication of the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital in April.

On the same page in the newspaper, an article by R. Scott Nolen recounts the story of the Indiana State Veterinarian, Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumnus Bret March (PU DVM '84). Headlined, "Indiana state veterinarian followed a different career path," the article explains how Dr. Marsh did not follow the mainstream when he took a job with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health as a supervisor/training officer for meat and poultry inspection after earning his DVM degree. "I was an anomaly for wanting to work in the public sector," the article quotes Dr. Marsh as saying. "Classmates told me I was throwing my degree away." But the story emphasizes that things worked out in Dr. Marsh's favor, as 23 years later, he remains chief animal health officer for the Hoosier state and head of the BOAH.

Click here to read both stories in the AVMA Convention 2017 Daily News Sunday, July 23, edition.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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