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!)
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.