Dr. Stephen R. Purdy received his DVM degree in 1981 from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He is Associate Professor of Veterinary Education, Director of Camelid Studies, and Director of the Fund for Education and Research in Large Animal Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also the director of the Camelid Reproduction Center at UMass Amherst. Dr. Purdy’s special interests include reproduction, neonatal care, nutrition, and infectious diseases, as well as the preventive medicine aspect of the management of livestock. He is involved in practical research and educational projects that promote improvement of farm animal health, and he emphasizes a hands-on practical approach to caring for livestock, while keeping their environment as stress free and natural as possible.

Dr. Purdy is committed to teaching practical large animal subjects to undergraduate and graduate students, and to helping undergraduate students gain admittance to veterinary school in preparation for a career as a large animal veterinarian. Donkeys have been a special interest of his since he first worked on one in 1995. “If you are having a bad day,” he says, “spend some time hanging out with a donkey.”

By Stephen R. Purdy

Donkeys: Miniature, Standard, and Mammoth, A Veterinary Guide for Owners and Breeders