Know your 2018 Candidates for IVMA Office

President-2018 Dr. Nathan Rich (PU '06)

President-2018 Dr. Nathan Rich (PU '06)

PRESIDENT-2018  Dr. Nathan Rich is a 2006 graduate of Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  During his time at Purdue he was an active member of both Purdue’s Trap and Skeet Club and Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  After graduation in 2006, Dr. Rich joined his father, Dr. Robert Rich, and Dr. Kent Wisecup in their mixed animal practice in New Castle, Indiana.  He worked for four years as an associate, practicing small animal medicine exclusively.  In January of 2010, Dr. Rich purchased Dr. Wisecup’s shares of the practice and achieved his lifelong dream of being a partner with his father in his hometown veterinary practice.  Shortly after graduation from Purdue, Dr. Rich decided to become involved in organized veterinary medicine.  He began attending his local 10th district meetings.  After about a year of planning and scheduling meetings, Dr. Rich was appointed to the IVMA Board of Directors representing the 10th district.  He has served in that capacity since 2008.  Through the encouragement of Dr. Steve Sunbury, Dr. Rich became active in multiple IVMA committees.  He was asked to chair the IVMA Membership Committee in 2010 and still does today.  In his free time, Dr. Rich enjoys outdoor sports and spending time with his family.  He met his wife Katie while studying biology at Purdue.  She is a dentist practicing general dentistry in both New Castle and Hagerstown.  They have 2 young boys, Ben (7) and Sean (7).  Their family pets include a Doberman and 3 cats.  (Dr. Rich didn’t realize cat collecting was his wife’s hobby before they got married!)

President Elect—2018 Dr. Matt Cantrell (PU '10)

President Elect—2018 Dr. Matt Cantrell (PU '10)

PRESIDENT ELECT—2018 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.

Vice President-2018 Dr. Aaron Smiley (UIL '07)

Vice President-2018 Dr. Aaron Smiley (UIL '07)

VICE PRESIDENT—2018 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.

AVMA Alternate Delegate -2018-2022 Dr. Phil Borst (PU '75)

AVMA Alternate Delegate -2018-2022 Dr. Phil Borst (PU '75)

AVMA Alternate Delegate—2018—2022 —Dr. Philip Borst (PU 75) – After graduating from Purdue, Dr. Borst joined his father (Past IVMA President) Dr. Larry Borst at Shelby Street Animal Clinic in Indianapolis where he has practiced small animal medicine for 42 years and is now the practice owner.

Dr. Borst has been very active in organized veterinary medicine serving as the past president of the IVMA the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association representative for 6 years on the IVMA Board of Directors and served as board chair in 2008.  He has served on many IVMA committees.  He has been a past president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of CIVMA. He is a member of the AVMA, IVMA, CIVMA, and AAHA. Dr. Borst served as IVMA President in 2013. Dr. Borst has served at the AVMA Alternate Delegate since 2016 and also serves as a board member on the Indiana Animal Health Foundation. He was recognized by the IVMA with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Purdue University has been an important part of his life having served as president of the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association, served under three university presidents on the Purdue President’s Council of Advisors, is a past president of the School of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Advisory Board, Cabinet member of the $1.5B Campaign for Purdue University, and is a life member of both the Purdue Alumni Association and the School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association.  Dr. Borst has been honored by Purdue by receiving the Purdue Alumni Association’s National Citizenship Award, and in 2009, received the Diamond P award which is the highest honor given by the Purdue athletic department.

Dr. Borst has been and is currently involved in many political, civic and sports activities. He is currently appointed by Governor Holcomb as the chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. He retired after 28 years on the Indianapolis City-County Council where he had served as president and sponsored major projects including Circle Centre Mall, the RCA Dome, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Lucas Oil Stadium. He has served as secretary of the Calvary Lutheran Church, board member of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, just completed a four year term as a board member of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. He was also named Outstanding Alumnus of Southport High School.

Sports activities include local, state, and national events. He is co-chairman of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments, on the executive committee of the  Big Ten Football Championship Game in Lucas Oil Stadium, was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl bid committee, member of the board of directors of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, named Life Member of Board of Directors of the Indiana Sports Corporation, is an NCAA site representative for the NIT basketball championships, and has served on the executive committee for 6 NCAA Men’s Final Fours in Indianapolis.

Dr. Borst has been married for 37 wonderful years to Jill.  They have two sons, Alex and Eric.