Dr. Tim Mullican (center) and Dean Willie Reed visit with
Dr. Leon Thacker, (PU DVM ’65), professor emeritus of
comparative pathobiology, at the Dean’s Club Luncheon.
The presentation of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Distinguished
Alumni Awards is a traditional highlight of the Fall Conference, and
the annual Fall Conference Awards Celebration September 10 did
not disappoint. Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Dr.
Joe Klopfenstein (PU DVM ’83), a large animal veterinarian from
Vermont, and Bobbie Kaufman, RVT (PU AS-VT ’87), a veterinary
technician and teacher at Brown Mackie College in Michigan City, Ind.
Since earning his Purdue DVM
Degree in 1982, Dr. Klopfenstein has
spent his career in the northeast, where
he owns Vergennes Large Animal
Associates in Vergennes, Vt. He also
cares for animals in a student-run dairy
herd at the University of Vermont,
where he has had a significant influence
on a number of undergrads who have
gone on to pursue careers in veterinary
medicine. All of the students he mentors
get a strong pitch to come to Purdue. Dr.
Klopfenstein received his certification
in the dairy practice specialty from
the American Board of Veterinary
Practitioners in 2009. He is highly regarded in his community and in
the veterinary profession, being named Practitioner of the Year by the
American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 2010.
Distinguished Alumni Awards Honor
Large Animal Practitioner & Veterinary Technician
Dr. Joe Klopfenstein
Registered Veterinary Technician
Bobbie Kaufman earned her associate
of applied science degree in veterinary
technology at Purdue in 1982, and
worked for Associate Professor of
Theriogenology Larry Horstman in the
College of Veterinary Medicine before
embarking on a teaching career at Brown
Mackie College in 2008. She became
the Veterinary Technology Department
director a year later. In addition to
achieving excellence as a teacher, she
also has developed a reputation as a
community leader, serving as a board
member for the Michiana Humane
The awards ceremony included the presentation of videos about
each award recipient.
Click here to view the video about Dr. Joe Klopfenstein.
Click here to view the video of Bobbie Kaufman, RVT.
Bobbie Kaufman, RV T
Aquarium Veterinarian Addresses Dean’s Club
The 2014 Dean’s Club Luncheon, held on Thursday of the Fall
Conference, featured a talk by a Purdue Veterinary Medicine
alumnus who serves as the chief zoological officer for one of the
world’s largest aquariums. Dr. Tim Mullican, who earned his
Purdue DVM degree in 1984, also holds the title of senior vice
president at the Georgia Aquarium. On the occasion of his 30th
Class Anniversary, he was invited by Dean Willie Reed to be the
special guest speaker for the Dean’s Club Luncheon, which pays
tribute to PVM donors who give at least $500 to the College
annually. In a talk entitled, “Racehorses, Fish Medicine and Giant
Manta Rays – A 30 Year Report from the Field,” Dr. Mullican
shared his memories of veterinary school, and explained how
his education has benefitted him throughout his career. Billed
as “the world’s most magical aquarium,” the Georgia Aquarium
is said to feature more animals than any other aquarium in more
than ten million gallons of water, with more than 60 exhibits.
Dr. Mullican’s responsibilities include overseeing laboratory and
clinical support, and nutrition services.
This year’s Dean’s Club Luncheon featured three PVM
Deans, as Dean Willie Reed was joined by former
deans Hugh Lewis (left) and Al Rebar.