(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) July 27, 2015 – Dr. Lori M. Teller has begun her service as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors. Teller, who was nominated for the post by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) earlier this year, succeeds Dr. Hugh "Chip" Price Jr. as the board representative for District VIII, which includes AVMA members living in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. She officially assumed her role on the AVMA Board on July 14.
"I love being a part of veterinary medicine, and I recognize that our profession is in a period of extreme flux. Economic issues have tremendous and widespread impact across all aspects of our profession – from students and recent graduates grappling with heavy debt loads to more experienced veterinarians trying to make or maintain a decent wage commensurate with our level of education," said Teller.
"Because our professional opportunities and career choices can be so diverse, the public frequently does not appreciate all that we do and are capable of doing," she added. "It is important that we educate the general public on our work to make the community as a whole a happier, healthier place to live and thrive, as well as educate our legislators and regulators on the impact current laws and proposed legislation may have on the profession. As a member of the AVMA Board of Directors, I greatly look forward to the opportunity to be able to address these issues on a national level."
Teller has worked at a companion animal practice in Houston for the past 25 years. She is a past president of both the Harris County, Texas, and Texas VMAs, and has served on several TVMA committees and task forces. Additionally, as a trustee for the TVMA’s Veterinary Political Action Committee, Teller helps raise awareness and funds for political causes important to veterinary medicine in Texas.
"Dr. Teller is committed to increasing public awareness of the critical role that veterinarians play in our society with regards to preserving animal and human health," said AVMA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron DeHaven. "Her passion for public education and deep involvement in organized veterinary medicine will be an asset to our board. I look forward to working with her in addressing the critical challenges facing veterinary medicine."
Teller most recently served as alternate delegate for Texas to the AVMA House of Delegates, and she also was a member of the AVMA Governance Performance Review Committee and Animal Welfare Committee. She also previously served on the AVMA Task Force on Governance and Membership Participation, and the Governance Engagement Team.
Teller chairs the Board of Certification for the American Society of Veterinary Journalists and is a founding board member of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative. Veterinary Practice News named her one of "14 Veterinarians to Watch in 2014," and she has a monthly guest spot on Houston public radio highlighting the importance of veterinary care for dogs and cats.
A graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Teller is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice.
For more information, please contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA senior media relations specialist, at 847-285-6687 (office), 847-732-6194 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.