Meet the Staff
Saralyn Sharp, RVT
Sara graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician from Columbus State Community College in 1992, and received her B.S. in zoology from Ohio State University in 1987. She worked at the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital prior to coming to Purdue University. Sara and Cindy have lectured at the North American Veterinary Conference for the past 3 years on a variety of subjects. Sara also spoke for the Companion Animal Parasite Council at the American Animal Hospital Association Conference in 2010. She is a board member of the newly certified Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice.
Sara has a passion for positive training (i.e. clicker training) all animals – she has currently worked with dogs, cats, and horses, and exotic pet wellness and rescue. She currently resides with three dogs and six cats, but the numbers are subject to change at a moment’s notice.
Cindy Voglewede, RVT
Cindy Voglewede, RVT graduated from the Purdue University Veterinary Technology program in 1992. She also has a B. S. degree in biology education from Ball State University. Cindy has worked in the small animal hospital since 1996.& For the last several years she has lectured along with her co-worker Saralyn Sharp, RVT, at the North American Veterinary Conference, which is held in every January in Florida.
Recently she has become the treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice which was approved as a specialty area of technicians in the spring of 2010.
She and her husband, Carl, have two sons and a daughter plus a menagerie of animals including horses, a goat, cats, and a dog on their 72 acre farm in Benton County.
Heather White, RVT
Heather is a 1999 Purdue graduate with an associate degree in veterinary technology. She worked in a small animal practice for two years and has been in small animal surgery and dentistry here at Purdue since 2002. She enjoys working with Dr. Thompson and Cindy Voglewede, RVT during Community Practice dental cases and also works with Dr. Lantz during veterinary dentistry rotations.
She has a husband, Steve, and a daughter and stepson. Family time is one of most important things in her life, along with photography, nature walks, camping, antiques, and garage sales. Her two dogs, Peanut, the Chihuahua, and Sally, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are very much members of the family. “I thank God daily for the people and things in my life that give me happiness and fulfillment.”
Deb Branham is pictured with Maisie, her toy poodle. Deb resides here in Lafayette, and is a 1990 graduate from Ivy Tech State College earning her AA degree in secretarial sciences. She is currently administrative support staff for community practice in which she is responsible for sending out welcome cards and reminders when it is time for your pet to come see us. In her earlier years she and her husband, a minister, served as missionaries in Haiti and Jamaica. She has one daughter and two grandsons.
She enjoys taking her grandchildren to the pool during the hot summer days here in Indiana. Her hobbies and interests include traveling, reading, playing volleyball, and spending time with her extended family. She loves cats but due to family allergies, is unable to have one.