Office of the Dean
Meet Dean Willie M. Reed
Thank you for visiting the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine website – our virtual “front door” to a wonderful world of learning, discovery and engagement focused on animal and human health and well-being. Please explore our website to find out more about the traits that distinguish Purdue Veterinary Medicine from the 27 other colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S.
I am very pleased and honored to be a member of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine “family,” both as a graduate and as Dean. My association with Purdue University dates back to the late 1970s. After earning my Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Tuskegee University, I came to West Lafayette, Ind., to pursue a Ph.D. in veterinary pathology. In 1982, with my newly minted Ph.D. degree in hand, I was excited to join the Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty, serving as associate professor of avian pathology and as chief of avian disease diagnostic services in the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. In 1990 I accepted an offer at Michigan State University to become a full professor and director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (now called the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health). Later I also was named chairperson of the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at MSU.
I have many fond memories of my tenure at MSU, and it wasn’t until 2006 when an opportunity came along that really caught my attention and caused me to seriously consider moving. Not surprisingly, the opportunity was with Purdue University. As I looked into the opening for dean of the veterinary school, my mind was flooded with memories of the very special, palpable feeling of family that characterizes the community of Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students. The chance to return to the Purdue campus and lead the PVM team was especially compelling. I accepted the appointment effective in January, 2007, and began the most exciting and rewarding time of my career.
Since then, and with the benefit of the vision, mission and goals articulated in our faculty-approved strategic plan, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has achieved a number of significant milestones. As we celebrated the college’s 50th anniversary in 2009, we worked diligently to continue to build on the traditions of excellence established by our founding faculty. We have modernized our teaching facilities in concert with a 20% increase in our DVM class size, which now numbers 84. We have increased the diversity of our student body, while recruiting outstanding faculty in a wide range of disciplines from around the globe. At the same time, we have preserved true hallmarks of our College, including our emphasis on imparting real-world skills and problem-solving abilities, and graduating “practice-ready” veterinarians. We also remain one of very few schools that teaches both DM and veterinary technology students, giving us a decided advantage in preparing our graduates to succeed in a team-oriented approach to animal health care delivery.
The quality of our people and programs was reflected in the recent decision by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education to grant our College continued full accreditation, after a required accreditation site visit. Whatever your reason for visiting our “virtual home,” I trust you will find the answers you need along with a warm welcome from our Purdue Veterinary Medicine family.