PVM Alumna is Focus of Student Feature in Purdue College of Pharmacy Publication

June 30, 2017

Mindy Anderson

Purdue Veterinary Medicine graduate and Veterinary Teaching Hospital staff member Melinda (Mindy) Anderson (PU AS-VT 2003) is featured in a recent College of Pharmacy publication that highlights the accomplishments of students, faculty and alumni.  Mindy is a fourth-year professional PharmD student planning to graduate in May 2018.  In the “PharmD Student Spotlight” article in last month’s issue of the College of Pharmacy’s Mortar & Pestle newsletter, Mindy described herself as having a sincere passion for helping others.  “The combination of my vet tech degree with pharmacy has allowed me to reach outside the box and touch others, both on the veterinary and human side,” Mindy was quoted as saying. 

Mindy earned her BS degree in animal sciences at Purdue in 2001, and then continued in the Purdue Veterinary Technology Program, earning her AS degree in 2003.  She has worked at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital since 2006. After enrolling in the College of Pharmacy, Mindy continued to help in the Small Animal Hospital in a temporary part-time capacity.  Recalling the work she did in the VTH as a veterinary technologist, teaching and serving as a “nurse” in Small Animal Medicine, the Intensive Care Unit and the Animal Emergency Service, Mindy explained, ”I was responsible for administering the medications and counseling clients about their patient’s medications, and I found myself wanting to know more about how and why the doctors picked the prescribed medications.”

Mindy said the path to becoming a pharmacist has not been easy but certainly has been worthwhile.  “This venture would not have been possible without my faith in God and the love and support from my friends and family. I am truly blessed to be a student in the Purdue College of Pharmacy and to have overwhelming support from my colleagues at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.”

Looking to the future, Mindy said she hopes to secure a position as a clinical pharmacist in a veterinary teaching hospital. “My goal is to work as a clinical pharmacist on the clinic floor to mimic the role clinical pharmacists have in human healthcare. I would also like to continue teaching both didactically and clinically with hopes of having my own [veterinary pharmacy] resident in the future. I plan to impact positive advancements in veterinary medicine through my students and clinical decisions.”

Click here to view the article about Mindy.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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