Veterinary oncology technologist and clinical trials
coordinator of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
What do you do at Purdue?
I am a veterinary oncology technologist (PU 1980) and clinical trials coordinator of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program. My responsibilities include providing technical support for the bladder cancer clinic, providing telephone consultations for veterinarians calling to ask about canine bladder cancer, and offering research support for any ongoing investigations in the oncology service. I also provide support for owners whose pets are being diagnosed with or treated for cancer, teach in the veterinary and veterinary technology curriculum, manage the Oncology Resource Center, and serve as "link" between the clinic floor and the Knapp Cancer Biology Lab.
Which woman has inspired you most? Why?
Since 1983, I have worked with Dr. Debbie Knapp, director of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program and Dolores L. McCall Professor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Knapp has been inspirational to me as a researcher, program director and community servant, and in being attentive to family and health. Dr. Knapp is passionate about our work, and that is demonstrated by her involvement and activities as a scientist/researcher in the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program and the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, specifically in the area of canine bladder cancer. This passion translates to excellence in investigations that benefit not only pet animals but also humans.
Dr. Knapp has always been an advocate and staunch supporter of registered veterinary technologists and technicians as essential members of the veterinary care team. She demonstrates this regard daily in the hospital with her staff. She is respectful of the opinions, skills, and professionalism of the staff, and inspires us by this support.
Dr. Knapp is able to balance her work, family, volunteer and community service. She is also inspirational in the commitment she makes to health and exercise. Most mornings, as we all arrive at work, she has already been to the gym, on a bike ride, or run a few miles! She's good-natured, and even under stress, has that valuable ability to concentrate and makes you know you have her undivided attention.
What are your goals and experiences with mentoring or encouraging others?
One of my goals is to be an ambassador for our school and veterinary medicine as a profession. We are so fortunate in veterinary medicine to have students from many cultures in our environment. I so enjoy supporting them through their veterinary experience while learning from them about their culture and customs.
I also enjoy mentoring pre-veterinary students as they prepare for veterinary admittance -- part of this is the balance of volunteer/experience hours vs. keeping their grades competitive.
I will continue to strive to be supportive, positive and encouraging to students, represent my school in the most professional way, and give my best to the goals of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program.