Meet the Board candidate: Amanda Bisol, VMD

Dr. Amanda BisolCandidate: District I Director

Biographical statement provided by the candidate.

Dr. Amanda Bisol is a small animal rural general practice veterinarian from Skowhegan, Maine. She graduated in 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and was blessed to find a great clinic with good mentorship where she has worked since graduation. She was a part-owner for six of the 10 years she practiced at the Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan. Three years ago, she decided to pursue a law degree to work towards becoming a stronger advocate for veterinarians and the profession. She continues to practice part time at the clinic, while continuing her education.

In addition to continuing to practice and attending law school, Dr. Bisol has been very active in organized veterinary medicine and lobbying on behalf of the profession since veterinary school. She was her school's SCAVMA chapter president, she participated in the AVMA Government Relations Division's externship program in Washington, D.C., and has continued to be an active voice for the profession to Congress by participating in AVMA Legislative Fly-Ins and being an AVMA Ambassador.

In her home state, Dr. Bisol was a Director with the Maine Veterinary Medical Association's Board from 2016 through 2020. She was also the Legislative Chair during that time. In 2017, she was awarded the MVMA's Service Award for the many hours spent on lobbying, rulemaking committees, and continuing education regarding veterinarians' involvement in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Maine.

Dr. Bisol became Maine's Alternate Delegate for the House of Delegates of the AVMA in the summer of 2017 and transitioned to Delegate in 2019. She was elected to the House Advisory Committee in the summer of 2019.

Dr. Bisol's love of organized veterinary medicine has kept her motivated and energized to support this wonderful profession and all that we do for our patients, our clients, and our communities.

Like many, Dr. Bisol does in fact have a life outside of veterinary medicine. Dr. Bisol believes that family and creating a time for hobbies is vital. She married in veterinary school and was four months pregnant at graduation. Her children are currently 5, 7, and 10 years old. Like most parents, she enjoys spending quality time with them through family meals, hiking, and crafting.

She also has many hobbies. These include gardening during the few months of Maine summer, hiking, reading, knitting, and sewing. She loves making her children's clothing along with some of her own. Dr. Bisol loves sharing her hobbies with others and has taught knitting classes at her local yarn store. When able, Dr. Bisol also plays in the community band, usually with the euphonium.

Statement of reason for seeking office
Statement of reason for seeking office provided by the candidate.

I would be honored to serve on the AVMA Board of Directors representing District 1. I truly love organized veterinary medicine and everything it means to the individual veterinarian, whether they are practicing, teaching, or researching. I feel we can be most successful when we have different types of voices representing membership at the volunteer leadership levels. I have significant experience not only in the AVMA but also with my state VMA. My broad background has continued to help me be a better advocate and provide sound advice and guidance to the communities of which I am a member.

I have thought long about the decision to run for this position and the added time and energy it will take. I am in a unique position where I am privileged and able to commit to what is needed to be a strong volunteer leader, and I hope to utilize this to continue to provide a voice for those who are not in such a position.

I feel I can represent a wide swath of our profession adequately and successfully. Although I practice in small animal medicine, I tracked food animal during school and have had significant dairy experience. I worked in the poultry lab during veterinary school, and I have continued to work with poultry and potbelly pigs in my clinic. I also volunteered for years at Tufts Wildlife Clinic and did research on lead toxicity in wild birds both there and at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware.

In addition to a wide background in the field of veterinary medicine, I hope I can represent the typical veterinarian. I am mid-career, but not so far out from being a new grad with debt to forget what it felt like (do we ever?). Like many veterinarians, I have struggled with balancing work, interests, and family. I have worked full time, have been on call, have owned a practice, and now work a mixture of full and part time at that same practice. I strive to constantly learn more about veterinary medicine, in addition to understanding the various avenues a veterinarian can take to have a fulfilling career path.

I have been a volunteer with the AVMA for many years, starting during veterinary school. I have always felt strongly that the AVMA is the leader in representing the profession, not only politically but also publicly. I have loved watching the AVMA grow and change over the years, and I have enjoyed being able to be a part of this in various volunteer positions. The energy that each volunteer and employee of the AVMA brings to our profession is astounding and creates an even stronger desire to continue to be a part of that movement. I feel I have a good knowledge base of the AVMA, its subparts, its mission, and its goals to be a successful member of the Board of Directors.

I have enjoyed being able to represent my state to the AVMA, and I would be honored and blessed to represent District 1 on the Board of Directors.

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