Veterinary Clinical Sciences

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Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS)

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Suma M. Rao, DVM, MBA

Suma M. Rao, DVM, MBA


Dr. Rao is a DVM graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her MBA degree at the Smith School of Business at University of Maryland.  She brings more than 25 years of experience practicing veterinary medicine, of which 12 years was spent owning and managing her own veterinary practice.  Dr. Rao transitioned into teaching and mentoring roles at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Tufts@Tech, and Becker College before joining Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a senior clinician. Her other roles include Professor of Record for the veterinary nursing program’s dentistry course and the DVM dentistry course.

Dr. Rao’s professional interests include mentoring/teaching students, canine/feline dentistry, and practice management/economics.

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