Know your 2017 Candidates for IVMA Office

PRESIDENT—2017 Dr. Maria E. Cooper (PU ’11)

PRESIDENT—2017 Dr. Maria E. Cooper (PU ’11)

PRESIDENT—2017 Dr. Maria E. Cooper (PU ’11) is the Director of Bio-defense, Food Protection, and High-Consequence Disease Preparedness at the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. She completed both her undergraduate work and veterinary degree at Purdue University. During veterinary school, she concurrently pursued nine additional courses through Purdue’s Veterinary Homeland Security Graduate Certificate Program to expand her knowledge of natural and intentional high-consequence threats to animal health. Despite a love for the clinical side of veterinary medicine, Dr. Cooper identified her true passion in public health and regulatory medicine early in her professional curriculum, and immediately joined the BOAH team after graduation. Dr. Cooper became involved with the IVMA shortly thereafter, attending the Heartland Veterinary Conference as Indiana’s Emerging Leader. She now serves on the IVMA Health and Wellness Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, and Continuing Education Committee, and completed the IVMA Power of Ten Leadership Program in 2013. She received the IVMA Achievement Award in 2014.  Dr. Cooper is a current class member of Indiana’s Agriculture Leadership Program, a two-year, highly acclaimed, competitive professional development program which expands the leadership capacity of participants to serve Indiana agriculture and rural communities in public affairs at the local, state, national, and international levels.  In 2012, Dr. Cooper joined the ranks of many of her fellow colleagues and became a USDA certified Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician after attending the rigorous training on New York’s Plum Island studying the world’s most globally devastating animal diseases. She serves on the Indiana Department of Agriculture’s Certified Livestock Producer Program Advisory Board, the State Department of Health’s Food-borne Illness Committee, and the Indiana State Fair’s Public Safety Committee.  She is active on Indiana’s Homeland Security Team, the State’s Agricultural Risk Committee, the Indiana Food Safety and Defense Task Force, the Purdue Extension Agrosecurity Team, and the Multi-state Partnership for Security in Agriculture.  Hands down, Dr. Cooper’s favorite part of her career is the scope and diversity.  She 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. Cooper 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.  She looks forward to further serving Indiana’s veterinary industry as IVMA’s President.

PRESIDENT-Elect—2017 Dr. Nathan Rich (PU '06)

PRESIDENT-Elect—2017 Dr. Nathan Rich (PU '06)

PRESIDENT-Elect—2017 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 (5) and Sean (2).  Their family pets include a Doberman and 5 cats.  (Dr. Rich didn’t realize cat collecting was his wife’s hobby before they got married!)

VICE PRESIDENT—2017 Dr. Matt Cantrell (PU '10)

VICE PRESIDENT—2017 Dr. Matt Cantrell (PU '10)

VICE PRESIDENT—2017 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, which he earned with highest distinction in 2006, 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 2nd 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 with his son, Israel.  Together with his family, Dr. Cantrell attends trail running events around the country.  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.