Small Animal Primary Care

Meet Our Doctors and Staff

Dr. Steve B. Thompson, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)

Dr Thompson

Dr. Steve Thompson is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In the fall of 1997, he became director of the Small Animal Community Practice at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and heads the Community Practice elective block for 4th year student rotations. Dr. Thompson's daily caseload is comprised of pets ranging from puppies and kittens to ferrets, hedgehogs, frogs, snakes, parrots and bearded dragons. He regularly promotes the veterinary profession to youngsters in school groups and through various media, including local newscasts, newspaper, magazines, and radio talk shows.

His primary interest is in companion animal wellness, including pediatrics, and awareness of behavior development as it relates to establishing and maintaining the human-animal bond. Since 2000, he has been board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in canine and feline practice specialty. He was recertified in 2010. Visit to learn more about specialty certifications.

Dr. Thompson's hobbies and interests include the outdoors, fishing, camping, hiking and being active in youth activities. He currently holds a record of 11 – 10 – 3 in the faculty soccer match against the vet students.

Dr. Lori Corriveau, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)

Dr. Corriveau

Dr. Lori Corriveau is a wellness clinician in the Small Animal Community Practice. Originally from Hershey, Penn., she is a 1999 graduate of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She returned to Purdue after a couple of years in private practice in Flora and Alexandria, Indiana. She enjoys seeing exotic (non-traditional) pets, as well as dogs and cats. Dr. Corriveau works with our students performing elective surgery on exotic pets. She specializes in surgical CO2 laser use for pet lumpectomies and also the use of therapy lasers to alleviate pain and improve healing in pets. Dr. Corriveau also practices and teaches feline friendly handling and restraint.

Dr. Corriveau's hobbies and interests include CO2 laser surgery, aquaculture, cooking, and collecting armadillo figurines.

Dr. Suma M. Rao, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), MBA

Dr. Rao

Dr. Rao (pronounced Rayo) is the clinical assistant professor of small animal community practice in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. She brings more than 20 years’ experience practicing small animal veterinary medicine with 12 years spent as owner and operator of her own veterinary practice. She earned her DVM degree in 1994 at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on canine and feline medicine and surgery, and is board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practice. Dr. Rao went on to earn her MBA in 2015 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, at which time she transitioned into teaching and mentoring roles, taking positions with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; the Becker College of Animal Studies in Leicester, Mass.; and the Pets in Need Clinic in Providence, R.I.

Dr. Rao's interests include dentistry, practice management/economics.

Saralyn Sharp, B.S., RVT, VTS (AVTCP-Canine/Feline)

Saralyn Sharp

Sara graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician from Columbus State Community College in 1992, and received her B.S. in zoology from Ohio State University in 1987. She worked at the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital prior to coming to Purdue University. Sara and Cindy have lectured at the North American Veterinary Conference for the past 3 years on a variety of subjects. Sara also spoke for the Companion Animal Parasite Council at the American Animal Hospital Association Conference in 2010. She is a board member of the newly certified Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice.

Sara has a passion for positive training (i.e. clicker training) all animals – she has currently worked with dogs, cats, and horses, and exotic pet wellness and rescue. She currently resides with three dogs and six cats, but the numbers are subject to change at a moment’s notice.

Cindy Voglewede, B.S., RVT, VTS (AVTCP-Canine/Feline)

Cindy Voglewede

Cindy Voglewede, RVT graduated from the Purdue University Veterinary Technology program in 1992. She also has a B. S. degree in biology education from Ball State University. Cindy has worked in the small animal hospital since 1996. For the last several years she has lectured along with her co-worker Saralyn Sharp, RVT, at the North American Veterinary Conference, which is held in every January in Florida.

Recently she has become the treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice which was approved as a specialty area of technicians in the spring of 2010.

Deb Branham

Deb Branham

Deb Branham is pictured with Maisie, her toy poodle. Deb resides here in Lafayette, and is a 1990 graduate from Ivy Tech State College earning her AA degree in secretarial sciences. She is currently administrative support staff for community practice in which she is responsible for sending out welcome cards and reminders when it is time for your pet to come see us. Her hobbies and interests include traveling, reading, playing volleyball, and spending time with her extended family. She loves cats but due to family allergies, is unable to have one.

Cindy Lavignette, Client Liaison, B.S.

Cindy Lavignete, Client Liaison, B.S.

Cindy has worked at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital for over 14 years.  She is a graduate of Purdue University earning her B.S. in Elementary Education/Math.  Cindy is the client liaison and is responsible for facilitating the clients’ needs before, during and after their visit.  This includes scheduling appointments and answering questions they may have.   Cindy has a Golden Retriever named Ferris and a Yorkie named Jax.  Her hobbies and interests include traveling (loves the beach), reading, walking, going to the movies and spending time with her granddaughter.


SACP Receptionists

Our receptionists play an important role in the Small Animal Hospital. They help to insure that you and your pet's visit is a pleasant experience. They do this by making sure your pet is seen on time, scheduling your pet's next appointment, answering any non-medical questions that you have, receiving your phone calls when your pet is staying with us, and helping you understand your bill when your pet is being discharged. They understand that your pets are a part of your family, and are pleased to assist you through what may be a difficult time for you and your family.

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