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Meet our Team

Dr. Bianca Zenor

Bianca Zenor, DVM MS

Director of the Veterinary Technology Programs
E-mail: bzenor@purdue.edu

Dr. Bianca Zenor is the director of the Veterinary Technology Program and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Administration. Before joining Purdue, she was the senior manager of U.S. Veterinary Affairs for Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

Dr. Zenor is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Animal Sciences, and she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation, she worked in clinical practice for seven years before joining Hill's Pet Nutrition as a Professional Consulting Veterinarian, helping educate veterinarians in dog and cat nutrition. In 2014, she became the senior manager for all U.S. Professional Consulting Veterinarians and helped organize the Hill's Global Symposium.

Born and raised in Greenwood, Indiana, Dr. Zenor was very happy to return to Purdue in the Spring of 2017. She is joined by her husband, also a Greenwood native, two children, three cats and a greyhound. In Dr. Zenor's spare time, she loves running, gardening, and cooking.

Feel free to reach out to her at any time if you have any questions about the Veterinary Technology program. She and her 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.

Julie Roahrig, RVT, RLAT

Julie Roahrig, RVT, RLAT

Instructional Technologist
E-mail: roahrig@purdue.edu

Julie Roahrig is a 1997 graduate of the Purdue Veterinary Technology program. She returned to Purdue in 2011 to be a part of the on- campus program as the Laboratory Coordinator. Her career path as a Registered Veterinary Technician has given her experiences in private practice, emergency medicine, the poultry industry, research, and teaching. She also is a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician. She has been an advisor for PVTSA (Purdue Veterinary Technology Student Association) and is part of the Indiana State Fair Coordinator team participating with Purdue's Spay/Neuter demos. She spends most of her free time with her two granddaughters, Lola and Scarlette. She has three big dogs (Hank, Jeb and Quinn), two cats, two gerbils and one hamster.

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).

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