Dean’sAs we approach the close of 2014, I am pleasedto introduce this Annual Report issue of our PVMReport magazine, which summarizes a varietyof exciting developments in our College. In thefollowing pages, you will see a collection of storiesshowcasing how our College is fulfilling its mission ofglobally advancing animal health and welfare and human health through excellencein learning, discovery, and engagement. Yet I have reserved one piece of news forthis column, because of the way in which it demonstrates the positive impact thatour alumni and friends are having on our success.In the fiscal year that concluded this summer (June 30), our college reached arecord level of giving, with a total that exceeded 8 million. Of that amount, 37%was designated for facilities, 27% for faculty support, 24% for programs and projects,8% for student support, and 4% for areas of greatest need. Some of these gifts camein the form of planned gifts, such as bequests, while others were donations of cashranging in amounts from five or ten dollars to thousands of dollars. All of thesegifts are valued greatly by our college, as each contribution represents an importantinvestment in our shared vision for advancing animal and human health and wellbeing. Within this Annual Report issue, we recognize our supporters through theDonor Honor Roll. You also will find stories about specific contributions to ourCollege that exemplify the spirit of giving.Our outstanding fundraising success this year coincides with a period oftransition involving our advancement staff. Becky Hershey is a key member of ourteam who has served Purdue Veterinary Medicine in various development rolessince 2006. In recognition of her exceptional dedication and commitment to ourcontinued success, I am very pleased to announce that Becky has been promotedto Senior Director of Development for the College of Veterinary Medicine. At thesame time, we are excited to welcome a new member to our team. Chad Rohlfsaccepted the position of Director of Advancement effective November 3. Chadcomes to Purdue from the Sanford Health Foundation in Sioux Falls, S.D., where hehad served as Director of Development, providing management and leadership onfundraising and development practices for four regional Sanford Health Foundationentities. He succeeds Jeff Spielman who left in July to accept an appointment at theUniversity of Minnesota, which facilitated a move closer to family.With each passing year I realize anew the adage that change is one of the fewthings that is truly constant in life. Change also is the path toward advancementand innovation for institutions, when it is strategically initiated. With that in mindwe are in the midst of developing our College’s new strategic plan, utilizing aninclusive planning process that has involved a wide range of stakeholders. The planwill be completed early in 2015. We look forward to the outcome of this vital andenergizing effort to guide our College’s future. As soon as the plan is finalized, it willbe made available on our website.This year has proved to be an exciting and productive time for our college. Aswe celebrate our accomplishments and work on our plans for the future, I want toconclude by saying thank you – thank you for being part of our Purdue VeterinaryMedicine family.Willie M. Reed, DVM, Ph.D.Dean12014 Annual Report EditionVolume XXXVII - Number 3DeanWillie M. ReedAssociate DeansS. Kathleen SalisburyHarm HogenEschSandra San MiguelAssistant DeanPete BillDirector of AdvancementChad RohlfsSr. Director of DevelopmentBecky HersheyEditorKevin DoerrGraphic DesignerAndrew EdmondsContributorsKevin DoerrBecky HersheySandra San MiguelJonathan TownsendJim WeismanElizabeth GardnerDenise DerrerAlicia RodePhotographyKevin DoerrEd LauschSeth BossinghamSam RoyerPurdue Marketing & MediaWeb CommunicationsWright FrazierSeth BossinghamEditorial SupportKatie BrownAllison CareyAdrianne FischCarlene LinnThis issue of the PVM Report waspublished through donations fromgenerous alumni and friends.This issue is available in a digitalformat. For instructions go towww.vet.purdue.edu/ePubs.
3 PVM Alumni Create a Legacy of Protecting and Serving Indiana7 New Center for Animal Welfare Science Hits Responsive Chord9 Visitor from Ghana Trains at PVM for Cancer Fight in Homeland10 Midwest Regional Iverson Bell Summit FostersDiversity Discussion at Purdue11 Purdue Offers New Residency in Veterinary Pharmacy12 PVM Connects with Animal Connections Exhibit13 Indiana State Fair Showcases PVM15 VTH Patient Wins Hearts in VPI Award Competition17 New Faculty19 PVM Fall Conference RecapFall Conference Wins Praise as Best EverIce Bucket Challenge Pays Tribute to PVM AlumnusDistinguished Alumni AwardsFaculty Honored at PVM Awards CelebrationDr. Skip Jackson Dog Jog25 Pinnacle Award Honors PVM Alumnus for Gift of Professorship27 Oath Ceremonies Punctuate Commencement for DVMand Vet Tech Grads29 Donor Honor RollOn the cover:Dr. Marianne Ash is one of 16 Purdue veterinaryalumni at the Indiana Board of Animal Health(BOAH). After hours, expect to find herexperiencing the benefits of the human-animalbond on her farm in Tippecanoe County. Ourcover story, which begins on page 3, showcasesPurdue Veterinary Medicine alumni who havechosen careers in public service with BOAH.2
PVM Alumni Create a Legacy ofProtecting and Serving IndianaAlthough most veterinarians pursue careers in privatepractice, many choose to protect and to serve their country, likethe 17 staff veterinarians at the Indiana State Board of AnimalHealth (BOAH), 16 of whom are Purdue Veterinary Medicinegraduates. These veterinarians play a vital role in ensuring thatthe 3.68 billion worth of Indiana’s livestock, poultry, and animalagriculture products remain safe. Yet, they also do much, muchmore.The Road Less Traveled – Profiles in Public ServiceIn 1984, Bret Marshgraduated from PurdueUniversity with his Doctorof Veterinary Medicinedegree. As a newly mintedveterinarian, he took aposition as a meat inspectionveterinarian at the IndianaState Department of Health.In 1986, Dr. Marsh becamethe director of Swine HealthPrograms at the Indiana39,392,711 Layers, Pullets, and Broilers5,084,794 Turkeys3,747,352 Hogs and Pigs821,265 Cattle and Calves97,383 Horses and Ponies52,169 Sheep and Lambs38,632 Goats103 Commercial Dog Breedersand Brokers26 Aquaculture farms1 Indiana State Board of AnimalHealth, Protecting Them All2012 USDA National Agricultural Statistics ServiceState Board of Animal Health, with primary responsibility forthe Pseudorabies Eradication Program. This year marks dualmilestones as BOAH celebrates its 125th Anniversary and Dr.Marsh celebrates 30 years of public employment and his 20thanniversary as the State Veterinarian at BOAH. Dr. Marsh’smany accomplishments include assembling the talented team ofveterinarians who oversee Indiana’s animal health, animal care,food safety, and disaster preparedness. The team at BOAH isDr. Bret Marsh (PU DVM ‘84),State VeterinarianDr. Kerri Suhr (PU DVM ’96), Deputy Director,Meat and Poultry InspectionDr. Melissa Justice (PU DVM ’98), SmallAnimal Health Director, Field VeterinarianDr. Marianne Ash (PU DVM ‘77), Director,Animal Health ProgramsDr. Jennifer Strasser (Oklahoma St. U. DVM‘97), Director, Aquatic Health Program, FieldVeterinarianDr. Benjamin Poehlein (PU DVM 2000),Toxicoses & Veterinary Medicines andDiagnostics, Field VeterinarianDr. Bruce Lamb (PU DVM ’76), Director, CattleHealth Programs; Field VeterinarianDr. Jodi Lovejoy (PU DVM ’92), CommercialDog Breeders and Animal Care Programs,Field VeterinarianDr. Maria Cooper (PU DVM 2011), Director,Biodefense, Food Protection & HighConsequence Disease PreparednessDr. Sandra Norman (PU DVM ’80), Director,Shelter Medicine, Equine Programs andNatural Disaster PreparednessDr. Shelly Chavis (PU DVM ’97), Director,Cervid Health & CWD Programs, FieldVeterinarianDr. Michael Kopp (PU DVM ’82), Director,Avian Health ProgramsDr. Craig Bowen (PU DVM 2011), Director,Swine Health Program, Field VeterinarianDr. David Bough (PU DVM ’81), Director,Meat and Poultry InspectionDr. Cheryl Miller (PU DVM ’84), Director,Scrapie Program, Field Veterinarian3Dr. James Hollis (PU DVM ’89), Director ofTuberculosis and Brucellosis Programs, FieldVeterinarianDr. Aaron Hecht (PU DVM 2006), Director,Wildlife and Environmental Health, FieldVeterinarian
known for its national leadership, developing many programsthat have become models for other states to follow, such as animaltraceability and influenza response.Dr. Bret Marsh – A Resume of SuccessTwenty years into his job, Dr. Bret Marsh (PU DVM ’84) isleading a distinguished career as the Indiana State Veterinarian.After September 11, 2001, he was selected to serve on theHomeland Security Staff in the office of the U.S. Secretary ofAgriculture. Dr. Marsh also is active in organized veterinarymedicine. He has served as president of the Purdue VeterinaryAlumni Association, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association,United States Animal Health Association, and as treasurer ofthe American Veterinary Medical Association. Additionally, Dr.Marsh received Distinguished Alumnus Awards from both thePurdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and College ofAgriculture. Looking back over a 30 year career of service to theState of Indiana, Dr. Marsh shared his perspectives in response tothe following questions.How has the role of the State Veterinarian changedover the past 30 years?We serve an increasingly sophisticated constituency, andBOAH is required to be as knowledgeable as possible on a broadrange of topics. One of the most significant advancements is inanimal health data management. We are much better equippedto respond to an animal health event because we are increasinglyusing electronic identification in livestock as well as recordingmovements on electronic documentation. New diagnosticcapabilities have also greatly enhanced our ability to identify adisease and properly respond to it. Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Indiana horses Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus at a rodent breedingfacility, while coordinating response to human illness withpublic health officials H3N2 influenza virus in kids and pigs at fairs, and the touchdown of 5 tornadoes.Dr. Marianne Ash – Finding an Animal Lover’s Place in Public HealthDr Marianne Ash (PU DVM ’77) serves as Animal ProgramsDivision Director at BOAH, where she plans and coordinatesstate-level responses to animal health emergencies and diseaseoutbreaks. She has pioneered disease traceability and biosecuritywork in Indiana, and acts as a link between BOAH and producers.Her expertise and leadership has been recognized through herelection to the National Academies of Practice as a DistinguishedFellow and Practitioner member. In this role, she will help leadthe nation by serving as an advisor to public policy makers,including those in Congress, on health care issues. Dr. Ash alsoserves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department ofVeterinary Clinical Sciences at PVM.Yet Dr. Ash still finds time to experience the human-animalbond first-hand on her beautiful farm in Tippecanoe County,which she shares with an eclectic mix of animals, includingseveral horses, two miniature donkeys, and seven chickens. Along-time veteran of Hunter and Jumper horse shows, Dr. Ashhas six of her own horses and boards several others. She also is aclient of the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she mostrecently brought her mini donkeys for treatment after they wereinjured in a dog attack. As pictured above, the mini-donkeys haverecovered well, and are back to their usual antics. “Donkeys areso smart,” Dr. Ash says, “that’s how they know how to make youso frustrated!” Dr. Ash truly has found the best of both worlds,combining her love for animals and her veterinary experiencewith an opportunity to protect animal health and public safetythrough her service at BOAH.What do you enjoy most about your career?I really enjoy the opportunity to serve the citizens ofIndiana through our animal health, food safety and disasterpreparedness initiatives. There are always new challenges, andBOAH is fortunate to have a very talented team to carefully andthoughtfully respond to whatever task is presented.What role has PVM had in your success?Regardless of where I go or what I do, Purdue’s College ofVeterinary Medicine will always be a part of me. I receivedan excellent education during the professional program, and Icontinue to take advantage of the educational opportunities thatPVM offers. BOAH’s veterinary team is almost entirely made upof PVM graduates, so we have capitalized on the quality studentsproduced through the program. Further, BOAH has welcomedmany PVM interns and externs through our summer internshipand senior student externship programs.Dr. Cheryl Miller (PU DVM ’84), Director of the Scrapie Programs Divisionand District 6 Veterinarian examines an elk. Dr. Miller is also an adjunctassistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at PVM.4
Dr. Kerri Suhr (PU DVM ’96), deputydirector of Meat and Poultry Inspection,pauses during a meat inspection atArcher’s Meats, Fishers, Ind.You Never Know What Tomorrow Will BringIn carrying out their responsibility for protecting Indiana’sanimals against disease, veterinarians at BOAH not onlyinvestigate about a dozen cases each year of suspected foreignanimal diseases, they go above and beyond by helping producerswith voluntary regional disease control programs. An exampleis the program for Porcine Reproductive and RespiratorySyndrome (PRRS). Development and implementation of theState’s Premise ID program, in combination with deploymentof new technologies such as electronic certificates of veterinaryinspection, have provided the tools needed for rapid response todisease threats as well as effective disaster management.BOAH also is charged with establishing standards for animalcare. Veterinarians work with livestock producers, poultryproducers, and commercial dog breeders to ensure the well-beingof the state’s animals. Additionally, BOAH veterinarians workwith law enforcement to investigate alleged animal cruelty orneglect.Public health is protected every time BOAH veterinariansinspect meat, poultry, and dairy products. They ensure thatfood is derived from healthy animals that have been humanelyslaughtered, and they protect consumers against fraudulent ormisbranded products.BOAH veterinarians also play a role in keeping the nationsafe by working with local, state, and federal emergencymanagement teams to prepare for and implement programsshould disaster strike livestock, poultry or companion animals.Indiana is prepared to respond to tornados, floods, animal diseaseoutbreaks, foodborne disease outbreaks, and even radiologicalevents.Dr. Sandra Norman (PU DVM ’80) not only serves as BOAH’sDirector of Shelter Medicine and Natural Disaster EmergencyPlanning, she also is a member of a National Veterinary ResponseTeam. The members of the team function as first responders toassist animals in disasters nationwide. As part of the team, Dr.Norman served in New Orleans in the aftermath of HurricaneKatrina. In September of this year, Dr. Norman was one of twoveterinarians chosen to support the Department of Defense,Secret Service, and NYPD dogs during the opening of the UnitedNations General Assembly in New York City.Purdue Veterinary Medicine students Caitlin Davis and Megan Rumpke of theDVM Class of 2015, and Ryan Klobusnik of the DVM Class of 2017, completeda BOAH internship.Keeping the Talent Pipeline FlowingAs BOAH celebrates its 125th Anniversary, BOAHveterinarians have not lost sight of the future. BOAH staffmembers participate in PVM’s Boiler Vet Camp and teach Purdueveterinary and veterinary technology students. Additionally, eachyear, BOAH hosts three to six Purdue Veterinary Medicine andAnimal Science student interns, who experience first-hand whatit takes to be a BOAH veterinarian. Some of these students willbecome Indiana’s next generation of animal and public healthprotectors by joining the team of Indiana BOAH veterinarians.In her role as Director of Shelter Medicine and Natural Disaster EmergencyPlanning, Dr. Sandra Norman, along with Dr. Jodi Lovejoy (PU DVM ’93), Directorof the Commercial Dog Breeder and Broker Division and District 8 Veterinarian,conduct a drill in which they prepare to evacuate pets at a mock shelter.5Classmates Reunited in Public ServiceCraig Bowen and Maria Cooper graduated as classmates inthe Purdue DVM Class of 2011 and both of them now work forBOAH. Dr. Bowen is a field veterinarian and director of Swine
Dr. Craig Bowen (PU DVM 2011) with BOAH’s mobileAnimal Disaster Response Unit.Health Programs. While he was a veterinary student, he spent asummer interning at BOAH. After graduation, he worked as anassociate veterinarian at a mixed animal practice in Bourbon,Ind., for three years before joining the BOAH team in June of thisyear. Dr. Cooper is the Director of Biodefense, Food Protection& High-Consequence Disease Preparedness. During her clinicalyear of veterinary school, she spent six weeks with BOAH inan externship. She enjoyed her time at BOAH so much that sheaccepted an opportunity to work for the agency shortly aftergraduation.Drs. Bowen and Cooper each had different experiencesgrowing up that led them to choose a non-traditional career inveterinary medicine. Dr. Bowen grew up on a grain and beef cattlefarm about 25 miles from Purdue University. Caring for animalson his family’s farm inspired him to become a veterinarian. Dr.Cooper grew up in Muncie, Ind., and was encouraged by her highschool animal science teacher to consider a career in veterinarymedicine. She then job-shadowed at a veterinary clinic, and thatopportunity turned into a volunteer position, and then a parttime job.Internship experiences with BOAH played a big role in helpingDrs. Bowen and Cooper decide their individual career goals inveterinary medicine. For Dr. Bowen, it was the best summer jobhe ever had. “The internship opened my eyes to a whole newworld of veterinary medicine,” he said. During his internship, hetraveled the state visiting cervid owners to update them on CWDregulations, but he adds, the best part was visiting zoos. He alsohelped write standard operating procedures for a potential avianinfluenza outbreak involving backyard poultry. Dr. Cooper’sexternship experience was packed full of activities includingregulatory animal disease sampling and biosecurity audits. Shevisited with BOAH’s partners, including leaders from the IndianaState Department of Agriculture, the State Department of Health,and the Department of Homeland Security, to discuss topics likeemerging zoonotic diseases and bioterrorism.Through their careers at BOAH, Drs. Bowen and Cooper eachplay vital roles in keeping Indiana’s animal and food industriessafe. Dr. Bowen enjoys interactions with fellow veterinarians,producers and consumers, while working in animal health andeducating at the same time. What he enjoys most about his careeris working with producers in the area of preventative medicine.“Through education and the appropriate preventative steps, wecan decrease the amount of problems and illness with our petsand livestock,” Dr. Bowen said. Dr. Cooper enjoys the diversity acareer at BOAH provides and tackling new challenges in diseaseinvestigations. “BOAH’s ‘clients’ are the citizens of Indiana, andour ‘patients’ include every type and size of animal living here,from mouse to cow to elephant,” Dr. Cooper explained. “We havethe great fortune of serving pet owners, livestock producers, dogbreeders, fish farmers, food processors, law enforcement agents,human health care workers, and private practicing veterinariansjust to name a handful.”Drs. Bowen and Cooper credit the Purdue University Collegeof Veterinary Medicine with helping them gain the skillsthey needed to excel in their careers. “The Purdue College ofVeterinary Medicine provided me with the education and skillsnecessary to become a veterinarian. More importantly, the schoolgave me the opportunity to follow a career path that interestedme both on campus, and off campus with externships,” said Dr.Bowen. “None of this would have been possible without theguidance of excellent faculty who helped point me in the rightdirection for my goals.” Dr. Cooper further explained, “One ofthe cornerstones of the PVM curriculum is case-based learning,which fosters critical thinking skills and working throughproblems logically and methodically in an efficient manner. Itabsolutely set a foundation for addressing challenges in both mypersonal and professional life.” Indeed, it’s no surprise that Drs.Bowen and Cooper are together again in their careers at BOAH,just like they were in class.About the contributors:Denise Derrer is the Public Information Director at BOAHAlicia Rode is the Public Information Specialist at BOAHDr. Maria Cooper (PU DVM 2011) received the 2014 IndianaVeterinary Medical Association’s Achievement Award, whichwas presented by Dr. Phil Borst (PU DVM ’75).
New Center for Animal WelfareScience Hits Responsive ChordSince being established at the beginning of 2014, PurdueUniversity’s Center for Animal Welfare Science (CAWS) hasexperienced no shortage of opportunities to promote thewelfare of animals through innovation in research, educationand outreach. CAWS was created as a Provost’s Office initiativefunded jointly by the colleges of Veterinary Medicine andAgriculture, and Dr. Candace Croney, Purdue VeterinaryMedicine associate professor of animal behavior and well-being,was named as the director effective February 1. Dr. Croney saysthe Center seeks to build on a long history of excellence at Purduein the study of farm animal well-being and expand its scope ofspecies coverage and expertise to include farm, lab, zoo, andcompanion animals and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborationson animal welfare science.Assembling a team of scholars has been one of the top prioritiesfor Dr. Croney, who holds a joint appointment in the College ofAgriculture as associate professor of animal sciences. New Centerhires this year include two new appointments in the College ofVeterinary Medicine: Dr. Brianna Gaskill, assistant professor ofanimal welfare, and Dr. Maggie O’Haire, assistant professor ofhuman animal interaction. Additionally, a steering committeewas named in March, with members selected to broadly representmulti-disciplinary and multi-species expertise and interest inthe respective sciences of animal welfare. Among the steeringcommittee members are Dr. Alan Beck, the Dorothy N. McAllisterProfessor of Animal Ecology, and Dr. Tracy Vemulapalli, clinicalassistant professor, both in the Purdue Veterinary MedicineDepartment of Comparative Pathobiology.“Members of the sciences and animal industries are oftenperceived as being uncaring or tone deaf on issues pertaining toanimal well-being,” Dr. Croney explained. “Purdue’s investment7Director of the Purdue University Center for AnimalWelfare Science Candace Croney at the Animal SciencesResearch and Education Center. (Purdue AgriculturalCommunication file photo/Tom Campbell)in creating a Center for Animal Welfare Science is a timely andnecessary step toward changing this perception. The Center willpermit exploration of both the scientific and socio-ethical issuesunderlying public concerns.” Dr. Croney’s responsibilities asdirector include soliciting both traditional and nontraditionalsources of extramural funding for the center’s research andoutreach activities, serving as spokesperson and resource personon public policy welfare issues, and disseminating knowledge,guidance and expertise of animal welfare science through avariety of media.Already, CAWS has been highlighted on television and radio,in print and on social media. Coverage of the Center has beenfeatured on such media outlets as Inside Indiana Business, NPR,Feedstuffs Foodlink, Brownfield Ag news, Meatingplace.com,Hoosier Ag Today, Modern Farmer and National Hog Farmer.College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed said Dr.Croney’s leadership of the Center is vital to the future of animalagriculture, the veterinary medical profession, and the well-beingof both animals and people. “I am confident Dr. Croney willenable the center to provide much needed leadership nationallyon fundamentally important issues related to animal health andwelfare, thereby bringing increased prominence to Purdue,” hesaid.As defined in its mission statement, the Center facilitatesthe well-being of animals through interdisciplinary discovery,learning and engagement. “We identify animal welfare challenges,approaches to alleviate them, and education to advance sociallyresponsible decision-making on animal care, management, andpolicy,” Dr. Croney said.Commenting on Dr. Croney’s role as director, College ofAgriculture Dean Jay Akridge said her expertise and her research
on the ethical implications of animal care and use decisions,and on public perceptions of animal agriculture align withthe center’s mission. He added, “She is a national voiceon animal welfare issues, and we are excited about theleadership she will bring to the center.”As the Center pursues its objective of facilitatinginterdisciplinary collaborations on animal welfare science,it has extended an invitation to Purdue faculty currentlyengaged or interested in the sciences of animal welfareto apply to join the Center as members. Dr. Croney saysmembership will increase the visibility and collective impactof the members’ current scientific efforts on animal welfarevia advancement of educational opportunities, innovationin problem-solving and contribution to informed decisionmaking and policy planning.The Center also has established new collaborativepartnerships on companion animal welfare. Dr. Croneysays those relationships with the USDA APHIS Center forAnimal Welfare, the Pet Industry Joint Action Committee,World Pet Association and Pet Food Institute have resultedin a grant of 900,000 to create and scientifically evaluatestandards for the care and welfare of breeding dogs. Led byDr. Croney, this joint venture includes multiple members ofthe CAWS steering committee, as well as several prospectiveCAWS members in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine andAgriculture. Additional research collaborations are also indevelopment with Fair Oaks Farms/Indiana Pork ProducersAssociation, Zoetis and several other organizations.Dr. Candace Croney conducts an interview for Hoosier Ag Today, after a CAWS seminarat the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professorof animal sciences, talks with attendees after giving aCAWS Special Seminar at Lynn Hall on the topic, “AnimalWelfare and Society Concerns – Finding the Missing Link,”in October.8
Emma AbaidooVisitor from Ghana Trains atPVM for Cancer Fight in HomelandBy Kevin DoerrEmma Abaidoo’s warm smile belies the seriousness andintensity of her work as she learns about immunohistochemistryapplied to the study of breast tissue samples in the laboratoryof Dr. Sophie Lelièvre, Purdue Veterinary Medicine Professorof Cancer Pharmacology in the Department of Basic MedicalSciences. Emma traveled to the College from Ghana for a sixweek training program that started in September. Emma is themanager of the Biomedical Laboratory of the Peace and LoveHospital, which is dedicated to breast cancer management inGhana. Her visit to Purdue was made possible by an InternationalBreast Cancer & Nutrition (IBCN) travel award for trainingabroad. She is only the second person to receive the award.Emma’s goal is to set up ahistopathology lab at the Peaceand Love hospital, so tissuesamples from breast cancerpatients can be prepared on-sitefor analysis, speeding up theprocess for getting results. Theidea came from her supervisor,Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addia, abreast surgeon who is the ChiefExecutive Officer of the Peace andLove Hospital. Emma explainsthat there are only two pathologyDr. Beatrice Wiafe Addailabs in Ghana, and delays of sixmonths or more in receivingreports are common, meaning doctors at the hospital lack theinformation they need to determine the best treatments for theirpatients. Emma says that doing manual immunohistochemistryin a lab at the hospital would make it possible to get results in justone to two weeks, and at lower cost.9Emma Abaidoo processes tissue samples in Dr. Sophie Lelièvre’s lab.To augment her training in Dr. Lelièvre’s lab, Emma alsoworked with Laboratory Manager Donna Brooks in the PurdueHistology & Phenotyping Laboratory, located in the VeterinaryPathology Research Building, adjacent to Lynn Hall. Donna, acertified histotechnologist, says she is humbled by the opportunityto train Emma so she can make a difference in the lives of cancerpatients half a world away. Donna taught Emma about all aspectsof setting up and running a histology lab. There’s also a personaldimension for Donna, who says her mother, grandmother andgreat-grandmother all suffered from breast cancer.Emma, who completed her visit to Purdue Veterinary MedicineOctober 20, says she leaves prepared not only to set-up a lab, butalso to teach others what she learned. “This will go a long wayto helping a lot of people,” Emma concludes. “This is big for us.”Emma also expresses her gratitude to Dr. Lelièvre, the IBCN andthe others involved in providing this opportunity. “I’ve learned somuch the experience builds you up for the task ahead, and I amvery grateful for that.”Emma learns from Donna Brookshow to use a Microtome to cuttissue in the Purdue Histology &Phenotyping Laboratory. The Labeven outfitted Emma with breastcancer awareness scrubs.
Midwest Regional IversonBell Summit Fosters DiversityDiscussion at Purdue(left-right) Kingston Bay Group facilitators Joe-Joe McManus, JuanCarlos Arauzand Catherine Wong lead a session on “Building a Multicultural Community.”A livel
Toxicoses & Veterinary Medicines and Diagnostics, Field Veterinarian Dr. Jodi Lovejoy (PU DVM ’92), Commercial Dog Breeders and Animal Care Programs, Field Veterinarian Dr. James Hollis (PU DVM ’89), Director of Tuberculosis and Brucellosis Programs, Field Veterinarian Dr. Aaron Hech