Veterinary Technician Leader is a Member of Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Paige Allen, Registered Veterinary Technician and Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Recruitment for the Veterinary Nursing Program at Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine, assumed the position of President of the Board of Directors for the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) on January 21, 2020. After 5 years as a member of the NAVC Board, Allen took the reins from Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM, at NAVC’s annual business meeting held in conjunction with its largest annual event: the Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) held January 18 – 22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“I am grateful and humbled to be a part of the leadership for this amazing organization. NAVC has been a great supporter of Veterinary Technicians and was one of the first national organizations to have a veterinary technician as its board president,” said Allen. “Following in the footsteps of Lynne Johnson-Harris is a great honor. As only the second Veterinary Technician to hold the Office of President, I feel a great responsibility to my peers to continue the growth and trajectory that is important to our profession, and the clients and patients we serve on a daily basis.”

In addition to her advising and recruiting positions at Purdue University, Allen works in Purdue’s Veterinary Nursing teaching laboratories where her areas of interest are anesthesia and large animals.

Allen is an active member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). She has served as Chairperson on the Nomination and Election Committee, the New Member Committee, the Information Committee and was a NAVTA Indiana State Representative in 1994. She has also been an active leader in the Indiana Veterinary Technicians Association and previously served as president. In addition, she’s an active member of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators and the Advisor to the Purdue Student Chapter of the North American Veterinary Technician Association.

Allen received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from National College, her BSBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and MS in Educational Technology at Purdue University. She resides in Otterbein, Indiana with her husband Darrell. Together they have three children: Ben (Tracie), Kristen (Phil) and Zach (Jill), and two grandchildren, Christopher and Jackson. They have two cats, Mac and Cheese.

The NAVC Board of Directors is a volunteer role and serves as the governing body of the NAVC. Main areas of focus include strategic and financial oversight and direction for the NAVC Chief Executive Officer.

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