Outstanding graduates awarded prizes at graduation ceremony


Friday, May 21, 2021

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine graduation ceremony held at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater included the presentation of several student awards. While veterinary nursing and DVM graduates were called to the stage to be recognized for completing their respective degree programs, those selected to receive awards were honored by having the award announced as they were crossing the platform. Congratulations to each of the winners listed below.

Graduates of the Associates Degree in Veterinary Nursing

Katerina D’AddatoEber H. Allen Leadership Award, which is presented to veterinary nursing students who demonstrate leadership and professionalism that have advanced a positive image of the veterinary nursing program.

Stephanie DreessenEber H. Allen Leadership Award, for veterinary nursing students who demonstrate leadership and professionalism that have advanced a positive image of the veterinary nursing program. In addition, Stéphanie received the Highest Technical Competence in Veterinary Nursing Award, which rewards a student for outstanding technical competence in clinical rotations at Purdue University Veterinary Hospital.

Estee frauhigerHighest Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes a veterinary nursing student who has excelled academically and achieved the highest grade point average in the associate’s degree program.

Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary nursing

Bayli grubbOutstanding Veterinary Nurse Award, which is given to a fourth year veterinary nursing student who exhibits both outstanding academics and excellent clinical skills.

Doctoral graduates in veterinary medicine

Dr Marissa AzuaShelter Medicine Program Award, which recognizes a student who embodies compassion for shelter animals, excellent interaction with shelter clients, and mastery of shelter medicine.

Dr Taylor BairdIndiana Veterinary Medical Association Award for Clinical Proficiency in All Species which recognizes competence in both medicine and surgery for all species. Dr Baird’s clinical skills were recognized by receiving the Certificate of Clinical Excellence from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animals and the IDEXX Award for Competence in Clinical Pathology. This latest award recognizes a student who demonstrates a solid understanding of clinical pathology and its practical application to clinical cases.

Dr Roel BecerraIndiana State Poultry Association Award recognizing a great mastery of avian medicine.

Dr. Hannah BennettAmerican Animal Hospital Association Award for Competence in Primary Care, which denotes the general practice of small animals.

Dr Kevin BerschIndiana 12th District Veterinary Medical Association Award, which rewards a student who demonstrates excellence in academic performance, research or services in veterinary public health and preventive medicine.

Dr. Gabrielle BroschardIndiana Equine Practitioners Association First Prize for having demonstrated the highest mastery of equine medicine and surgery and the highest degree of professionalism.

Dr Rochelle CamdenBob Rosenthal Scholarship for Senior Clinical Oncology Student. This award recognizes a student who demonstrates competence in veterinary oncology patient care and clinical oncology skills.

Dr Evan Carter-TaylorAmerican College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence in Large Animals.

Dr Yesenia Castillo MelecioClass of 1983 Award, which is given to a student who has overcome obstacles or preserved despite difficult circumstances in pursuit of the DVM degree. Dr Castillo was nominated by his classmates for this award.

Dr Katelin DarkIndiana Veterinary Medical Association Award for Clinical Competence in Small Animals species. This award recognizes mastery of small animal medicine and surgery. Dr Dark also received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award in Small Animals to demonstrate academic and clinical skills in small animal surgery.

Dr Ethan FultzCertificate of Clinical Excellence from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animals Drug.

Dr Lydia HallAmerican College of Veterinary Pathologists Award of Excellence in Veterinary Pathology for exceptional competence and interest in anatomical and / or clinical pathology.

Dr Wyatt Krom Indiana Veterinary Medical Association Award for Clinical Proficiency in Large Animals Scash recognize mastery of large animal medicine and surgery. Dr Krom also received the 15th District of Indiana Veterinary Medical Association / American Association of Bovine Practitioners Excellence in Bovine Veterinary Medicine Award for demonstrating exceptional competence and interest in bovine production medicine and surgery. In addition, he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award to demonstrate academic and clinical skills in large animal surgery, and the American College of Theriogenologists Clinical Competency Award for his skills in theriogenology.

Dr. Julia O’Rourke Indiana Equine Practitioners Association 2nd Place Award for his mastery of equine medicine and surgery and for demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism.

Dr Sarah PoundIndiana Equine Practitioners Association 3rd Place Award for his mastery of equine medicine and surgery and for demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism. Dr Pound also received the G. Edward Cummins Award for Compassionate Care to illustrate compassion for animals and customers.

Dr Kiersten RecordAmerican Academy of Veterinary Dermatology Award who recognizes his clinical skills in dermatology.

Dr Jonathan RichardsonAmerican College of Theriogenologists Clinical Competency Award for his skills in theriogenology. In addition, Dr. Richardson received a national award, the Nandi Fellow of the Theriogenology Foundation. Only four students from across the country receive this award which recognizes a veterinary student who has demonstrated superior potential for future clinical and academic excellence and leadership in theriogenology.

Dr Matthew SchiffmanPurdue Veterinarian Association Senior Leadership Award. Dr Schiffman was chosen by his classmates for showing leadership by being involved in school activities, providing service to the community, and engaging with the veterinary medical profession.

Dr Tetyana SofiychukComparative ophthalmology price for exceptional performance in comparative ophthalmology. Dr Sofiychuk also received the Bastien Prize to demonstrate empathy and exceptional care towards canine patients as well as Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association Award for his excellent communication skills with clients.

Dr Payton ThomasAmerican Association of Feline Practitioners Award for the mastery of feline medicine and surgery.

Additionally, Dr Uvon Ramachandran was awarded this year with the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Award for Outstanding Clinical Competence from a Clinical Year Student. This award is given to a student who demonstrates excellence in patient care, knowledge of the medical principles of disease, teamwork, and improved clinical competence.

The graduation celebration also included additional recognition. “In addition to recognizing the many accomplishments and awards of our graduates, we also want to take this opportunity to recognize several faculty, residents and staff who have taught and worked alongside these graduates,” explained Dr Salisbury. The following award winners will be honored at separate events later this year, but their awards were announced at the graduation ceremony when the graduates were in attendance.

the Katie McCallister Award is introduced to a resident or intern who demonstrates extraordinary compassion and empathy to patients and their families. The recipient this year is Dr. Jennifer Peterson, resident in small animal surgery.

the Johnson & Hoffman Residency Teaching Award recognizes a resident of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for teaching excellence. This year’s recipient is Dr Garrett Oetelaar, who is resident in diagnostic imaging.

the Elanco Outstanding Veterinary Technology Teaching Award is given as a tribute to a veterinary nursing educator who clearly communicated the course content, facilitated the acquisition of skills, motivated the students, showed a continued willingness to facilitate learning outside of a formal setting, advised and mentored students and served as a positive role model. The recipient this year is Courtney Waxman, MS, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC), remote educational technologist.

And the Weedon Faculty Recognition Award is awarded to the faculty member who has made the greatest contribution to members of the current fourth year veterinary class during their progression to the DVM degree. Members of the DVM class of 2021 selected Dr John Christian to receive this honor. Dr Christian is associate professor of veterinary clinical pathology and laboratory director and section head of clinical pathology.

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