Meet our Team

Dr. Chad Brown

Chad Brown, DVM

Director, Veterinary Nursing Program
Email: brow1997@purdue.edu

Dr. Chad Brown is the director of the Veterinary Nursing Program and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Administration.

Dr. Brown was born and raised on a beef cattle farm in the Appalachian region of Huntington, WV. He attended Centre College and The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation, he worked as an associate veterinarian at Animal Care Clinic in Huntington until 2007. In 2007, he established Brown Veterinary Service, a mixed animal hospital located in Wayne, WV.

Dr. Brown’s love of academia began in 2009 when he was offered an adjunct faculty instructor and staff veterinarian position in the equine studies program at Ohio University. He continued to divide his time between educating students and treating patients until a decision was made to fully embrace his true passion of education.

In August 2015, Dr. Brown sold his practice to accept a position as a full time faculty veterinary clinical supervisor and professor at Mountwest Community & Technical College’s Veterinary Technology program. Although he thoroughly enjoyed educating future WV registered veterinary technicians, he was very happy to return to Purdue in the fall of 2020.

Dr. Brown has two teenage daughters, Marin and Mckenna. He is joined by his girlfriend Joy, two King Charles Cavaliers, and one gigantic European Basset Hound named Winston.  His interests include racquetball, golf, motorcycle riding, and watching his daughters play sports.

Feel free to reach out to him anytime if you have questions about the Veterinary Nursing program. He and his experienced team are here to help you!

Paige Allen, MS, RVT

Paige Allen, MS, RVT

Assistant Director for Academic Advising & Recruitment
E-mail: pjones2@purdue.edu

Paige has worked at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine for over 30 years. She began her career in the Large Animal Hospital where she had the good fortune of learning large animal anesthesia and surgical nursing skills from wonderful mentors. From this experience she found a love of anesthesia and blood gases. Questions about anesthesia? Just ask her!

She was Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Central Supply and Sterilization area for 3 years. In 1999, she was the first technician hired to help develop and teach in the veterinary technology distance learning program. Paige has taught many different classes in the distance learning and on-campus curriculum. Her most recent career change has been to the role of Academic Advisor.  Paige earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology in 1984 from National College in her home state of South Dakota. She earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan in 1996 and her Masters in Educational Technology from Purdue in 2005.

She is passionate about veterinary technology and the future of the profession. She was actively involved in developing and implementing the National FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event. She also is the second veterinary technician to serve on the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Board of Directors. This organization holds a conference in Orlando Florida each winter and truly supports the profession.

Paige and her husband live in the country and in their spare time, they farm 40+ acres of land. The share their home with two cats. They were supposed to be barn cats but are really outside cats with indoor privileges.

Shelly Opperman

Shelly Opperman

Academic Advisor and Recruiter
E-mail: sopperman@purdue.edu

Shelly graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Technology (now Polytechnic Institute).  Shelly has worked at Purdue for over 15 years; her career navigated from fundraising to alumni relations, to student services, where she has worked for over 11 years. 

Shelly is married to Eddie, a CPA in Lafayette.  They have two children – Jackson, who is in the U.S. Army and Maggie, a high schooler with aspirations of attending Purdue.  They live close to downtown and enjoy walking to restaurants and being walked by their labradoodle, Whiskey.  They enjoy camping and hiking with friends.

Martie Knill

Martie Knill

Secretary
E-mail: vettech@purdue.edu

Martie has been the Veterinary Technology Secretary since September 2015. She has an Associate's Degree in Office Administration from Ivy Tech. Prior to her employment at Purdue, Martie was a paraprofessional at an elementary school.

She enjoys speaking with prospective and current students for both the Distance Learning and the On-Campus program.

In her free time, she likes to read and attend Purdue football and basketball games to watch her youngest son in the marching and pep bands.

Josh Clark, MS, RVT

Josh Clark, MS, RVT

Distance Learning Instructional Technologist
E-mail: clark19@purdue.edu

Josh has been an instructor with Purdue University's veterinary technology program since 2001. He was originally hired to teach courses in the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program (VTDLP) but over the years has become involved with teaching courses in the on-campus veterinary technology program as well. Josh teaches quite a few courses in the VTDLP including Introduction to Veterinary Technology, Small Animal Nursing, Parasitology, Microbiology and Veterinary Practice Management. In the on-campus program, Josh also teaches Veterinary Practice Management, Microbiology, as well as a Life Skills elective and a Human Resources elective.

Josh earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University. In 2005, Josh also earned a Master of Science degree in Education from Purdue University. Josh served a six-year term on the AVMA's Committee for Veterinary Technology Education and Activities (CVTEA) – the committee responsible for accrediting veterinary technology programs in the United States – from 2005-2011. In 2011 Josh was named the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America's (NAVTA) Veterinary Technician of the Year. In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing the bass and has played in several different cover bands over the years.

Pam Phegley, BS, RVT

Pam Phegley, BS, RVT

Clinical Rotation Coordinator, Distance Learning Instructional Technologist
E-mail: phegleyp@purdue.edu

Pam Phegley is a 1983 AAS graduate and a 2001 BS graduate from Purdue's Veterinary Technology program. From 1984 to 2002, she was the Chief Small Animal Medicine Technologist in Purdue's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, instructing both DVM and veterinary technology students in the classroom, lab and clinic. In 2002, she joined the Veterinary Technology program administration as the Clinical Coordinator for the on-campus and distance learning programs. Pam is responsible for student rotations in the VTH for on-campus students, and does some classroom and lab instruction as well. She coordinates the clinical mentorship aspect of the distance learning program as well as various on-campus workshops for DL students.

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Holly McCalip, BS, RVT, 

Instructional Technologist
E-mail: hmccalip@purdue.edu

Holly graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology.  Since graduation, she has worked in emergency and critical care and was a surgical supervisor for a referral hospital.  She came back to Purdue in 2019 to pursue her passion for teaching and mentoring the future of veterinary nursing.  As the on-campus lab coordinator, her job is to oversee the laboratory classes and instruction of hands-on technical skills.  Returning to her alma mater is a dream come true and Holly looks forward to becoming more active in the education process and the veterinary community as a whole.  Holly serves on the board of directors of the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association and is a member of the IVTA and NAVTA.  Her special interests are clinical pathology and internal medicine (Chemotherapy), but it is hard to find an aspect of veterinary medicine that she doesn't enjoy.

When Holly is not trying to balance her family's hectic schedule, she loves to do mini-marathons and 5ks.  She plays tennis and is an avid sports fan, especially Purdue athletics.  Holly remains a resident of Indianapolis and does not mind the communte to campus.  Pictured with Holly is her cat, Nimbus, who is currently their only four-legged family member.

Jennifer Smith, BS, RVT, RLAT

Jennifer Smith, BS, RVT, RLAT

Instructional Technologist
E-mail: jpope@purdue.edu

Jennifer Smith graduated from Purdue University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. Upon graduation, she worked as a veterinary technologist in small animal private practice. In 2009, she returned to Purdue to work as a research versa technologist for the Clinical Discovery Laboratory.

Jennifer joined the Veterinary Technology Program in 2014 as an instructional technologist. She is a member of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE) and the American Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences (AALAS).

Courtney Waxman, BAS, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Courtney Waxman, BAS, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Distance Learning Instructional Technologist
E-mail: cwaxman@purdue.edu

Courtney is originally from Arizona and joined the Veterinary Nursing Program in 2018. She graduated from Mesa Community College in 2008 with an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and Arizona State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Applied Science in Operations Management. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in private emergency/specialty practice, and earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) certification in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) in 2017. Her special interests include mechanical ventilation, one-on-one case management, CPR, critical care nursing, critical thinking, and technician training.

In addition to instruction, Courtney remains active within the veterinary community. She is the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) District 6 Representative, the President-Elect for the Indiana Veterinary Technician Association (IVTA), on the task force for the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI), a speaker on emergency and critical care topics at the national and international level, has been published in several veterinary technician/nursing journals, and is a member of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE).

In her spare time, she enjoys world travel with her husband, reading, fitness, and spoiling her fur kids, Biggs and Ollie.

Daniel Mikkelsen

Daniel Mikkelsen, MA

Academic Advisor
E-mail: dmikkel@purdue.edu

Daniel graduated from Purdue with a Masters in Interpersonal Communication. He joined the Veterinary Nursing team as an Academic Advisor after spending several years as a public speaking instructor at Purdue and Utah State University. He is passionate about student success and actively strives to be a student advocate.

Daniel and his wife love to travel and are on the road with their daughter, Aria, and their pup, Trixie, whenever they can be. They love how close West Lafayette is to Chicago so they feed their passion for Broadway. Daniel also enjoys singing, reading, and spending as much time as he can with his baby and fur baby.

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West Lafayette, IN 47907-0544

admissions@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-1776 

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