Delphi, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2006
Lawrence Stauffer is a veterinarian in private practice in Carroll County, Indiana. A graduate of Perry High School in Lake County, Ohio in 1954 and came to Purdue to study farm management, vegetable production and pre-veterinary medicine. He received his B.S. degree in Horticulture Sciences in 1958. (Purdue did not have a School of Veterinary Medicine at that time.) After five years of service in the U. S. Army Transportation Corps, Stauffer returned to Purdue and received his D.V.M. degree in 1967.
Immediately after vet school, Stauffer worked in Goshen, New York in a dairy cattle and race horse practice. In December 1968 he purchased the practice of Dr. E. S. Emerson in Delphi, and has made his career in that community and in that practice. Stauffer is a committed practitioner of veterinary medicine who has given selflessly to support his profession and his community. In the 1970’s he worked with the late Dr. John Bush in developing the pseudorabies vaccine that was produced and distributed by Norton Laboratories, thus making a significant contribution to the swine industry and to Carroll County, the largest swine producing county in Indiana.
Stauffer is described by his nominators as “an old time practitioner of veterinary medicine,” delivering service to his community, his county and his state “out of a sense of duty with minimal regard for whether or not it is profitable.” Though not as profitable as clinic treatment of sick animals, he continues to make farm calls to treat livestock, a practice that is becoming more of a rarity in the veterinary profession. His professional service includes membership for 8 years on the Indiana State Board of Veterinary Examiners, including serving as chairman; member of the Indiana Controlled Substances Advisory Committee; member of the Indiana Swine Health Advisory Committee during the pseudorabies eradication effort; member for more than 10 years of the Advisory Committee to the Purdue Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory; and member of the district, Indiana and the American Veterinary Medical Associations. He is a strong advocate of 4-H and youth, and for the past 15 years has coordinated and led the team of practitioners who provide care to animals at the Indiana State Fair. In this role he has been instrumental in implementing the Fair’s drug testing program for all livestock species, and the microchip identification of champions, that has deterred widespread use of illegal substances in Indiana State Fair shown livestock. He receives no compensation for this service.
Stauffer has served his community in many roles, as well. He is a member of Delphi Presbyterian Church. He has served as an elected Board Member for the Delphi Community School Corporation for two consecutive four year terms and has served as board chairman. He served three terms on the Carroll County Extension Board, and was its president. Currently Stauffer is a member of the Carroll County Board of Health, serves as the Carroll County Veterinarian, and provides the county with a low cost shelter for unwanted and stray animals.
In 2001 Stauffer was elected into the Carroll County Agriculture Hall of Fame, a select group of agricultural producers and business people who have contributed significantly to making Carroll County a better place to live ad raise a family.