Featured Faculty and Research

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Timothy B. Lescun, BVSc, PhD

Timothy B. Lescun, BVSc, PhD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, LARGE ANIMAL SURGERY

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Dr. Lescun graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1994 and completed his residency training at Purdue University in 1999. He successfully obtained an MS degree and board certification with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000. Dr. Lescun has been on the faculty at Purdue University since 2002 and he obtained his PhD in 2015. Dr. Lescun is an experienced equine surgeon with clinical interests in orthopedics, lameness, sports medicine and general equine surgery. Dr. Lescun’s research activities focus on clinical and pre-clinical orthopedic investigations, where he uses his clinical experience in equine surgery to complement more basic discovery efforts and to improve surgical treatment methods in the horse. Dr. Lescun has performed pre-clinical investigations for orthopedic implants and technologies aimed at both human and animal health care. Dr. Lescun’s current equine research interests include the use of modeling techniques, biomechanics, advanced imaging and bone properties to assist in fracture risk prediction and prevention in racehorses. As a faculty member, Dr. Lescun enjoys teaching surgery and mentoring veterinary students, surgical residents and graduate students. Dr. Lescun is active in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the ACVS Foundation.



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Mark C. Rochat, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Mark C. Rochat, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

PROFESSOR, SMALL ANIMAL ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Research Information:

Dr. Rochat graduated from Mississippi State University in 1986 and completed a residency at the University of Missouri in 1991.  After a year in a surgical referral practice and attaining board certification, he accepted a position at Oklahoma State University, rising to the rank of Professor and Section Chief.  In 2015, he moved to Purdue University where he now serves a Clinical Professor of Orthopedics and Chief of Small Animal Surgery. He has authored over 140 publications and given over 300 presentations.  His professional interests include trauma, external skeletal fixation, fracture management, arthroscopy, wound management, reconstructive surgery, and total hip and knee replacement. 



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Jan F. Hawkins, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS

Jan F. Hawkins, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS

PROFESSOR OF LARGE ANIMAL SURGERY AND SECTION HEAD OF LARGE ANIMAL SURGERY

Research Information:

Dr. Hawkins is recognized as an expert on surgical diseases of the equine upper respiratory tract.  Dr. Hawkins is the author of numerous peer reviewed manuscripts regarding equine surgery with an emphasis on disorders of the upper respiratory tract and the use of surgical lasers.  He is the coauthor of “Respiratory Diseases of the Horse” and editor and author of “Advances in Equine Upper Respiratory”.  Dr. Hawkins has impacted the field of equine surgery through his focus on clinically related research as documented with clinical case reports, retrospective studies, and original research.  Dr. Hawkins is known for his surgical expertise regarding multiple large animal species including, equine, bovine, small ruminant, porcine, and exotic animals.  He provides surgical services in all categories of large animal surgery include respiratory, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, and reproductive.  Finally, Dr. Hawkins serves his specialty organization, The American College of Veterinary Surgeons, as a member of its Board of Regents. 



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Suma M. Rao, DVM, MBA

Suma M. Rao, DVM, MBA

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND SECTION HEAD, SMALL ANIMAL COMMUNITY PRACTICE

Research Information:

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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