Basking in the glory of her election in Nashville to an AVMA council, a 2002 graduate hopes that other young veterinarians will do as she did and try to make a difference through organized veterinary medicine.
This summer, Dr. Amanda Chea Hall received her DVM degree from North Carolina State University. On July 13, the AVMA House of Delegates elected her to the Council on Public Relations in a four-way race.
"More students need to get involved at the student level," she said, "and then when you graduate, it's the perfect time to start getting involved with your state VMA and in organized veterinary medicine. That's where you're going to be able to make a difference, and if there are things you want to change, that's the way to do it.
"AVMA is primed and ready for young veterinarians to get involved." Dr. Hall is quite familiar with the PR council's work. For the past two years, she has been liaison from the SAVMA Council on Public Relations to the AVMA PR council. In fact, she says that some council members, along with student advisers and colleagues in the SAVMA House of Delegates, suggested that she enter the council race and show the commitment a recent graduate can have to organized veterinary medicine. One of her friends on the council is Dr. Grace Bransford (CAL '98), who won election in 1998, shortly after her graduation as well.
"The SAVMA House of Delegates feels it's important to be involved in leadership and to stay involved in organized veterinary medicine," she said. Dr. Hall was a SAVMA delegate and a SAVMA executive board member. She is now a member of the AVMA, North Carolina VMA, and Oregon VMA.
She and her husband, equine practitioner Dr. Jeffrey Hall (NCU '01), whom she met in veterinary school, recently moved from North Carolina to Portland, Ore., where she began work at a full-service hospital/emergency practice the week after the AVMA convention. The Southeast Portland Animal Hospital has been supportive of her pursuit.
As a member of the PR council, Dr. Hall especially looks forward to pursuing two areas the council identified in a strategic planning session. First is improved communication not only between AVMA and its members but also between AVMA and its public. "There are a lot of people who don't know what we do as veterinarians and how great a profession it is," she said. The second area is initiating more PR programs instead of primarily evaluating programs sent to the council.