W. Mark Hilton


Dr. Hilton was born and raised on a swine and beef farm in Central Indiana. He received a degree in Animal Science in 1980 and a doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, both from Purdue University. He spent the first 15 years of his career as a partner in the DeWitt Veterinary Clinic, an 80% food animal practice in DeWitt, Iowa. Hilton developed the Total Beef Herd Health Program, a beef cow-calf production medicine program where the goal was assisting his clients in having a healthier and more profitable herd. In 1996, Dr. Hilton became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the beef cattle specialty. 

In 1998, Hilton left private practice to become a clinical professor of beef production medicine at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he remained for 18 years.  Dr. Hilton was awarded SCAVMA’s national teaching award in 2000, WVC’s continuing educator of the year award in 2009, Merial and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Excellence in Preventive Medicine Award for Beef in 2012, and in 2013 was named by Bovine Veterinarian as one of the 20 most influential bovine veterinarians in North America. In 2016, Hilton became a Professional Animal Scientist.

In 2016, Dr. Hilton joined Elanco Animal Health as a technical consultant on the beef team where he assists beef cattle veterinarians with production medicine support.

Dr. Hilton is a member of the AABP, AVMA, AVC, ABVP and Indiana VMA. He is also a past president of the Western Veterinary Conference
Dr. Hilton and his wife, Denise have been married for 40 years. They have two sons, Matthew (Laura) and Steven (Anna) and they have three grandsons and three granddaughters.

Dr. Hilton
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