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Robert (Pete) Bill
Board of Directors
DVM, Purdue University
MS (Physiology), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
PhD (Pharmacology and Education), Purdue University

Pete Bill is a member of the VetMedAcademy Board of Directors. Pete was a 1980 graduate of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduating he worked in a small animal practice in Indianapolis before starting his own practice in Cicero, Indiana.  While in practice he completed his MS degree in physiology from IUPUI, then returned back to Purdue to complete a joint PhD in veterinary pharmacology and education.  He joined the faculty at Purdue and became the Director of the Purdue Veterinary Technology Program. During his tenure he guided the creation of Purdue’s first undergraduate degree delivered entirely on-line as the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program.  In 1995 he and two other junior faculty members spearheaded a radical change in Purdue’s veterinary curriculum to create a hybrid, integrated PBL veterinary curriculum that still exists today.  Pete promoted excellence in teaching and advocated for practical pedagogical skill development for faculty and teaching staff through his leadership in the Purdue Teaching Academy, the teaching essentials course he taught for 20 years, and other projects that focused on improving pedagogy across all colleges within the university.  He received every teaching award the college of veterinary medicine awarded multiple times for a total of 28 awards, and in 2015 received the national AAVMC/Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award presented in Washington DC.  In Veterinary Technology he was likewise recognized with the international AVTE/Elsevier Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013.  At the university level, he has received Purdue’s highest recognition for teaching in the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Teaching Award, was Purdue’s candidate for the Carnegie Professor of the Year Award, and has been inducted into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers. Pete retired from Purdue in 2017 as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Teaching & Learning, but remains active lecturing on teaching techniques based on current understanding of cognitive neuroscience and learning, and he is active in the American Association of Veterinary State Boards where he helps create, evaluate, and review standardized exams for credentialing foreign veterinary graduates and veterinary technicians.


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