Office of the Dean
Meet Dean Willie M. Reed
Thank you for visiting the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, a wonderful world of learning, discovery, and engagement focused on animal and human health and well-being. Please explore and find out more about the traits that distinguish Purdue Veterinary Medicine from the 30 other colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S.
I am very pleased and honored to be a member of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine “family,” both as a graduate and as dean. My association with Purdue University dates back to the late 1970s. After earning my Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Tuskegee University, I came to West Lafayette, Ind., to pursue a PhD in veterinary pathology. In 1982, with my newly minted PhD degree in-hand, I was excited to join the Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty, serving as associate professor of avian pathology and as chief of avian disease diagnostic services in the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. In 1990, I accepted an offer at Michigan State University (MSU) to become a full professor and director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (now called the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory). Later, I also was named chairperson of the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at MSU.
I have many fond memories of my tenure at MSU, and it wasn’t until 2006 when an opportunity came along that really caught my attention and caused me to seriously consider moving. Not surprisingly, the opportunity was with Purdue University. As I looked into the opening for dean of the veterinary school, my mind was flooded with memories of the very special, palpable feeling of family that characterizes the community of Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff, and students. The chance to return to the Purdue campus and lead this team was especially compelling. I accepted the appointment effective in January 2007, and began the most exciting and rewarding time of my career.
Since then, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has achieved a number of significant milestones. As our College celebrates its 60th Anniversary, and the 150th Anniversary of Purdue University, we truly are poised to take our next Giant Leap! We are looking forward to the groundbreaking in February or March 2020 for a new $108 million veterinary hospital. The state has approved a $73 million appropriation toward construction of the new facility, and Purdue University has committed $35 million, which is inclusive of fundraising efforts by the College of Veterinary Medicine. With this support, and pending the hospital project receiving formal approval by the Purdue Board of Trustees, we can say that our dream of having a new state-of-the-art hospital facility will become a reality.
This project follows previous work to modernize existing teaching facilities in concert with a 20% increase in our DVM class size, which now numbers 84. We also have significantly increased the diversity of our student body, while recruiting outstanding faculty in a wide range of disciplines from around the globe. At the same time, we have preserved true hallmarks of our College, including our emphasis on imparting real-world skills and problem-solving abilities, and graduating “practice-ready” veterinarians. We also remain one of very few colleges that teaches both DVM and veterinary nursing students, giving us a decided advantage in preparing our graduates to succeed in a team-oriented approach to animal health care delivery.
Whatever your reason for visiting the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, I trust you will find the answers you need along with a warm welcome from our Purdue Veterinary Medicine family.