Jessica Goodman’s first day on the job as an associate veterinarian at Brownsburg Animal Clinic was May 16, 2016–just two days after her May 14 graduation from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
At the graduation ceremony, she received Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program Award, presented to the fourth-year student who exemplifies compassion for shelter pets, excellent interaction with shelter clients and proficiency in shelter medicine, and the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Senior Leadership Award, given to an outstanding senior identified by classmates on the basis of academic performance, activities and leadership.
A native of Alexandria, Indiana, Dr. Goodman did her undergraduate work in biology at Purdue as one of two students from her county to receive a full scholarship from the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. She gained early admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine after only three years as an undergraduate. While earning her DVM degree, her classmates elected her as class representative to the Student American Veterinary Medical Association four years in a row.
While in medical school, Dr. Goodman worked between semesters at Lapel Animal Clinic, gaining additional clinical experience during a six-week externship at West Central Veterinary Services in Rockville and a summer working for equine practitioner Kevin Kirtley DVM, LLC, in Noblesville.
Dr. Goodman and her husband Jonathan live in Lebanon with their son Eamonn James, born February 23, 2019, and their cat, Simba.