With Rugby the dog and Crackerjack the mule not far behind, Dr. Kimberly May has moved to the Midwest to join the staff of the AVMA Communications Division as medical/science writer.
Dr. May likes writing, and she loves veterinary medicine. She hopes to combine those pursuits at the AVMA in service to the profession.
"I wanted to be a veterinarian ever since I could remember," she said. "I wanted to work with horses the majority of that time, too."
Dr. May grew up in Maryland in a household that was home to dogs and plenty of other pets. She had rabbits and hamsters. Her brother owned lizards, snakes, and turtles. She also rode horses with her friends.
By high school, she had a horse of her own. She also started leaving class early on "work release" to work at a veterinary clinic, where she spent her summers into her college years.
Dr. May majored in animal science, with minors in biology and English, at Virginia Tech. She graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.
She completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Peterson, Smith, Matthews, Hahn & Slone Equine Hospital in Ocala, Fla. Next, she spent a year in private practice as a large-animal associate veterinarian in North Carolina.
Dr. May returned to Virginia-Maryland Regional College to complete her master's degree and residency in large animal surgery. She said she loves the logical challenge of surgery, which she compared to putting together the pieces of a puzzle.
After completing her master's degree, Dr. May became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She worked as a large animal associate veterinarian and surgeon in South Carolina. She returned again to Virginia-Maryland Regional College to spend a year as a clinical instructor of large animal surgery.
She worked for several years as an equine surgeon and associate veterinarian at Surgi-Care Center for Horses in Brandon, Fla. Most recently, she was an equine surgeon and associate veterinarian at Mountain View Equine Hospital in Steeles Tavern, Va.
At the AVMA, Dr. May is working on a variety of projects. Her job as medical/science writer is a new position within the Communications Division, part of an AVMA plan to improve communications with members and the public. One of Dr. May's biggest projects so far has been writing background information about influenza in several species—including avian, canine, equine, and swine influenza.
Dr. May is also a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.