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.