Dr. W. Mark Hilton is a clinical professor at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hilton teaches veterinary students in all four years of the curriculum with the greatest emphasis on the third and fourth year students teaching Cattle Production Medicine, Achieving Success in Private Practice (business and communications course) and taking students on food animal ambulatory visits. He also teaches veterinary technology students at Purdue and is a strong proponent of utilizing veterinary technicians in small and large animal practice. Dr. Hilton has served on convention program planning committees with the Iowa and Indiana Veterinary Medical Associations, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Hilton has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Bovine Practitioners since his graduation from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He is also a member of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, Academy of Rural Veterinarians, and Academy of Veterinary Consultants. He is the state coordinator of the Indiana Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and helped to initiate the Indiana Quality Plus Beef Program in 1999. Dr. Hilton was co-owner of a progressive mixed animal private practice in Iowa from 1983 until 1998 when he was recruited to teach at Purdue. He became board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the beef cattle specialty in 1996 and re-certified in 2006. He served as exam chairman of the beef section from 1997-2005. Dr. Hilton’s passion for teaching has earned him numerous teaching awards including the most recent 2012 Merial Excellence in Preventative Medicine Beef Award at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners meeting in Montreal, the outstanding teacher in the veterinary technology program, the Purdue alumni teaching award, the Weedon faculty recognition award and the award for excellence in engagement from Purdue. In 2000, he was named the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association National Teacher of the Year. Dr. Hilton is active in delivering continuing education programs to veterinarians and veterinary technicians via local, state, national and international meetings where he speaks on beef production medicine, veterinary business and communication topics and educating the veterinary team. He was honored as the Western Veterinary Conference Continuing Educator of the Year for the Food Animal category in 2009. Dr. Hilton and his wife, Denise have been married for 31 years and have two sons, Matthew and Steven.