Dr. Elizabeth Curry-Galvin graduated as valedictorian from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After graduation, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine (1988-1989) prior to entering private practice.
Dr. Curry-Galvin provided companion animal medicine and surgical services for five years at a three-veterinarian, AAHA-accredited animal hospital in Palatine, Illinois. In 1994, Dr. Galvin joined Sandoz Animal Health as a technical services veterinarian, gaining experience in product regulation and support.
Dr. Curry-Galvin joined the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 1996 as an assistant director in the Scientific Activities Division. Bringing practice and industry experience on animal health product issues, she served as a staff consultant to the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, as well as other AVMA entities. She represented the profession's interests before government and other stakeholders during development and passage of the federal Animal Drug Availability Act and the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act. Likewise, she represented the profession's interests to the Food and Drug Administration during the crafting of the regulations for those two acts and the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (extra-label drug use). Dr. Galvin represented the AVMA for six years on the U.S. delegation of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods.
In 2006, Dr. Curry-Galvin was named director of the Scientific Activities Division, responsible for ensuring the scientific basis of AVMA policies in the areas of food safety, public health, regulatory veterinary medicine, biologic and therapeutic agents, agriculture, aquatic veterinary medicine, emergency preparedness and response, and the environment. As director, she assembled a skilled staff that enhanced the division's capacity to tackle critical professional issues and inform and advocate effectively.
In 2009, Dr. Elizabeth Curry-Galvin was named the assistant executive vice president of the AVMA. She works closely with the Executive Vice President and acts for him in his absence, serves as an officer of the Executive Board, secretary to the Judicial Council and serves as staff consultant to the House Advisory Committee and House of Delegates.
Dr. Curry-Galvin lives with her husband, daughter, and yellow Labrador retriever in Barrington Hills, Ill.