Know your 2019 Candidates for IVMA Office

President —2019 Dr. Matt Cantrell (PU '10)

President —2019 Dr. Matt Cantrell (PU '10)

PRESIDENT—2019 Dr. Matt Cantrell completed his 8-year journey at Purdue University in 2010, obtaining his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine.  While working on his undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences, Dr. Cantrell could often be found at the veterinary school working in the kennels, the medical records department, or clinical pathology.  He was also an active member of International Veterinary Student’s Association and Omega Tau Sigma, the international veterinary fraternity.

In the years following his graduation, Dr. Cantrell worked as an associate in a small animal exclusive practice in Brownsburg, Indiana.  While constantly working to improve his skills as a veterinarian those first few years, he also spent time volunteering for the IVMA on the Annual Meeting and Continuing Education Committees.  He was also the recipient of the IVMA Achievement Award in 2013 and has been recognized for serving as a board member for a Hendricks County animal rescue group.  Dr. Cantrell went on to become one of the first graduates of the IVMA’s Power of 10 Training Program and eventually helped organize subsequent classes.  Dr. Cantrell continues to be active within these programs, and is also currently serving his 3rd year as an IVMA liaison to Purdue’s Veterinary Admissions Committee.

In late 2013, together with his wife Megan, Dr. Cantrell realized his near life-long dream of starting a veterinary practice.  He continues to try to make a positive and lasting impact on his community through his profession. Following his certification as a canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) in 2015, he has become very active in the rehabilitation community.

Mental health and physical fitness are extremely important to Dr. Cantrell, and as such, he spends as much time as possible outside with Megan and their two children, Israel and Ellie. He has completed many 50 mile runs and has even finished a 100 mile run in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  He whole-heatedly believes that all people are truly capable of extraordinary things.

President-elect - 2019 Dr. Aaron Smiley (UIL '07)

President-elect - 2019 Dr. Aaron Smiley (UIL '07)

PRESIDENT-Elect—2019 Dr. Aaron Smiley  Raised on a farm in east central Illinois, Dr. Aaron Smiley achieved his DVM from the University of Illinois in 2007. Dr. Smiley started his career in the western suburbs of Chicago in an equine practice. From there he took a position at Dr. Weldy’s mixed animal clinic in Wakarusa, IN before settling in central Indiana. He currently serves as Chief of Staff at Devonshire Veterinary Clinic in Anderson and Geist Station Animal Hospital in Indianapolis.  He is also Chief of Staff Advisor for eight VetCor clinics in Indiana and Ohio. Dr. Smiley got his start at IVMA in the inaugural class of the Power of 10.  Since then, he has served as Treasurer. “Veterinary medicine is going through a significant cultural change because of the rapid consolidation of private practices.  I want to help IVMA navigate change so our organization becomes even more relevant to our members as their needs change.”
Dr. Smiley is the father of four daughters. He and his wife, Kristin, live in Noblesville.  Dr. Smiley serves on the board of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association and has currently serves as Treasure of the IVMA.
Treasurer-2018 Dr. Kyle Shipman (PU '15)

Treasurer-2018 Dr. Kyle Shipman (PU '15)

Treasurer—2018-2020 —Dr. Kyle Shipman  (PU’15) is the Director of Avian Health and Field Operations at the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. He completed both his undergraduate work and veterinary degree at Purdue University. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Shipman got his first taste of regulatory medicine when his family’s cattle herd in Southeastern Indiana was involved in a bovine Tuberculosis investigation. During veterinary school, he concurrently pursued nine additional courses through Purdue’s Veterinary Homeland Security Graduate Certificate Program to expand his knowledge of natural and intentional high-consequence threats to animal health. Despite an interest for the clinical side of veterinary medicine, Dr. Shipman identified his true passion in public health and regulatory medicine early in his professional curriculum, and immediately joined the BOAH team after graduation. Dr. Shipman became involved with the IVMA shortly thereafter, participating in the IVMA’s Power of Ten Leadership program in 2015. He now serves as co-chair of the IVMA’s Membership Committee, and was appointed to the IVMA Board of Directors representing the 12th district. Hands down, Dr. Shipman’s favorite part of his career is the scope and diversity. He says BOAH’s “clients” are the citizens of Indiana, and their “patients” include every type and size of animal living here from mouse to cow to elephant. Dr. Shipman considers it a great fortune to work with a team that serves pet  owners, livestock producers, dog breeders, fish farmers, food processors, law enforcement agents, human health care workers, and of course, private practicing veterinarians, just to name a handful.  He looks forward to further serving Indiana’s veterinary industry as IVMA’s Treasurer.