PVM Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine presents Distinguished Alumni Awards annually at a special Awards Celebration, which is held as part of the Purdue Veterinary Conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians each September. Nominations are due in March. Nomination instructions and materials are available via the links listed below:
Due: March 11, 2022
The Distinguished Alumnus Award dates back to 1978, when the first award was given posthumously to Dr. David Mullis (PU DVM '67). The award was established by the members of the Class of 1967 as a memorial tribute to their classmate. A total of 56 of the College's more than three-thousand Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduates have been honored as Distinguished Alumni.
Purpose: To honor our DVM alumni for excellence in the veterinary profession
Eligibility: Any veterinarian who has been in possession of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University for more than five years is eligible for the award.
Criteria for selection: The nominee's contributions to the profession may have been made in any of the following areas:
excellence in practice - clinical, diagnostic, public health, regulatory, military
excellence in teaching
excellence in research
excellence in involvement in organized veterinary medicine
excellence in service to local community - a humane, caring, helping attitude toward family, friends, clients and community, including, but not limited to, club work (Lions, Kiwanis, etc.), church, school boards, town councils, political parties.
The 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Awardees are Dr. Tom Troxel (PU DVM ’81) and Dr. Debbie White (PU DVM ’94).
The 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Awardees are Brig. Gen. Timothy Adams (DVM ’86), Retired from his position as Commander of the US Army Public Health Command in 2012 and Dr. Tom Gillespie (DVM ’79), Former Owner of Rensselaer Swine Services, P.C..
In 2018, the Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Dr. Amelia Woolums (PU DVM '88).
In 2017, the Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Dr. Susan Johnson (PU DVM ’78) and posthumously awarded to Dr. James Scott (PU DVM ’68).
Dr. Johnson is recognized for her distinguished career as a clinician, scientist, teacher and mentor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson has recently come out of retirement to serve as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Ohio State.
Fondly remembered as a servant leader known for his honesty, integrity, and compassion, Dr. Scott served as a director for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, served on the board of directors of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) and as president, and received the IVMA Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2015.
The 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Dr. Robert L. “Pete” Bill and Dr. John T. Schnarr. To view a video about the recipient, click on the link below.
The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Dr. Joe Klopfenstein (PU DVM '83), a large animal veterinarian from Vermont. To view a video about the recipient, click the link below.
The 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Awards were presented to Dr. Michael Andrews (PU DVM '83), owner of the Woodcrest Veterinary Clinic in Riverside California, and Dr. Craig Wardrip (PU DVM '78), co-owner of the Crestwood Animal Clinic in Palos Heights, Ill. at the annual Purdue Veterinary Medicine Awards Celebration. To view videos about the recipients' careers, click on the links below.
The 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Awards were presented to Dr. Ron DeHaven (PU DVM '75), AVMA executive vice president and Dr. Max Rodibaugh (PU DVM '77), a nationally recognized swine veterinarian at the annual Purdue Veterinary Medicine Awards Celebration. To view videos about the recipients' careers, click on the links below.
Due: March 11, 2022
Purpose: To honor our Veterinary Nursing Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree alumni for excellence in veterinary nursing.
Eligibility: Any veterinary nurse or veterinary technologist who has been in possession of their Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University for more than five years is eligible for the award.
Criteria for Selection: The nominee's contributions to the profession may have been made in any of the following areas:
Practice (clinical, diagnostic, public health, regulatory, military)
Service to the profession (e.g. involvement in organized veterinary technology, etc.)
Service to the community
The 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award was presented posthumously to Candice Targgart, RVT (PU BS '05).
The 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award was presented to Kay Stewart, RVT (PU AS-VT ’82). As an educator, researcher, and mentor, Stewart has dedicated her career to the care of animals. She is active in many professional organizations like the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), which recognized her as Technologist of the Year in 1989, has presented at many professional conferences, and is a volunteer on boards in her community, including the Saint Joseph County-Spay Neuter Assistance Program.
The 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award was presented to Alicea Howell, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP (PU BS-VT '03), a veterinary technician practicing in Franklin, Ind. Alicea earned her specialist in animal behavior credentials in 2010 and has served in multiple leadership roles including past-president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and president-elect of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.
The 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award was given to Bobbie Kaufman, RVT (PU AS-VT '87), a veterinary technician and teacher at Brown Mackie College in Michigan City, Ind. To view a video about her career, click on the link below.
The Veterinary Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 2011. The first recipient honored was Kristin Husband, RVT (AS-VT '02). To view a video about her career, click on the link below.
Purdue Veterinary Medicine also is pleased to recognize alumni who have received awards and recognition from other organizations. Submit information about awards received to: firstname.lastname@example.org.