Sandra K.L. Norman, DVM
Dr Sandra Norman was born in Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in Indiana since 1963. She graduated from Highland High School in 1973, earned BS in Agriculture (1977) and Doctor of Veterinary Medical Degree (DVM) in 1980 from Purdue University. After graduation, she worked companion animal and equine medicine and surgery at Whiteland Animal Clinic along with relief work at several clinics in the Indianapolis area until 1983. She was an associate at South 31 Veterinary Clinic and then co-owner and operator of Southwest Veterinary Clinic. In 1995 she joined the Board of Animal Health as Director of the Companion Animal/Equine Division and holds that position presently. She administers programs related to her species groups such as EIA testing/control, rabies vaccination, exhibition requirements and other disease programs, including West Nile Virus, rabbit hemorrhagic disease, and monkeypox. She has also been involved in disaster preparedness and animal health emergency programs for Indiana through state and local Emergency Management. She currently heads up the Veterinary Medical Response Corp for the State of Indiana. Dr. Norman is a member of the AVMA, IVMA, CIVMA and District 12 of the IVMA. She has served on the Small Animal Program, Animal Welfare, Public Relations and Legislative Committee of the IVMA. She was Treasurer of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association from 1991 to 1999, serving on the Audit and Budget, Strategic Planning and Executive Committee in that capacity. Dr Norman was elected Vice President, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President of the IVMA in succeeding years. Dr Norman is a member of the Indiana Animal Health Foundation board which seeks to raise funds for scholarships and support animal health programs. She has been heavily involved in the Public Relations of the IVMA, chairing the PR committee and appearing weekly on the noon news (Channel 13, WTHR (NBC)) for over 20 years as the pet expert. She is a reporter for the Veterinary News Network which produces stories for veterinarians who do media work. She also was involved with public relations strategic planning for the IVMA and other community groups. Dr Norman has worked at animal related functions at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Mutt Strutt, Black Expo, animal adoption fairs and classroom presentations on all levels. She has chaired the State Fair demonstration committee coordinating veterinary surgeons and live animal demonstrations at the annual summer event. She has raised four Leader Dog for the Blind puppies and supports the work of service animals, working on legislation to protect them. She also works in Trap Neuter Release Program for Community Cats in Indianapolis. Dr Norman was a member of the School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Board. She is serving presently as the President of the Indiana Horse Council Foundation Board which raises money for scholarships for equine related students and support horses rescue and second career opportunities for horses. Dr Norman is a member of the board and volunteers with Indy Feral as a veterinary surgeon which uses trap-neuter-release (TNR) for feral cat control in Indianapolis. She was given the IVMA 1997 Veterinary Service Award for service to the public and veterinary community from a non-practice position. She speaks to animal control and humane society groups about regulatory and disease issues. Dr Norman works in the markets and practices of the equine industry, addressing disease and welfare issues while educating the public. She helped develop material for the veterinary community and the public related to issues such as EIA, rabies, feline and canine diseases and testing and disaster preparedness. Dr Norman is a member of National Veterinary Response Team 5 (NVRT 5) and spent 2 1/2 weeks in Louisiana assisting after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as part of the National Disaster Medical System She was also part of the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) program. In January 2006, Dr Norman was named “Veterinarian of the Year” by the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. She also responded to Hurricane Matthew with her NVRT team to Beaufort, SC in 2016 Dr Norman lives on the west side of Indianapolis and is actively involved Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School where she participates in choir, School board member and Church Governance board. She has participated in Wayne Township School Strategic Planning and various parent-school organizations. Dr Norman and her husband are avid Purdue fans, especially volleyball. She shares her life with her very patient husband Fred, three grown daughters, 3 sons in law and 3 grandsons along with Molly, a rescued Labrador retriever.