Statement of Reason for Seeking Office
As a candidate for District II director, the largest district of the AVMA, I offer 13 years of experience on the AVMA House of Delegates and the internal operations of the AVMA. I have been a member of the AVMA since graduation (33 years) and became involved in state and local organized veterinary medicine shortly thereafter. I started with the presidency tract of the Delaware VMA, then into the House of Delegates as alternate delegate, then to delegate.
During my AVMA membership, I have been a loyal supporter of the AVMA Political Action Committee (PAC) and have been to numerous AVMA Legislative fly-ins in Washington, D.C., to lobby for AVMA initiatives. The PAC allows access to the legislators and their staff in order to promote the issues that the AVMA Government Relations Division deems is in the best interest of the association. The PAC gives our members a voice in national legislature.
As a faithful supporter of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, I recognize the need of the organization to give back to the clients and patients that make us proud to be veterinarians.
In 2013, I was appointed by Gov. Jack Markell to serve on the Delaware Animal Welfare Task Force. This task force was developed to provide structure and guidance for the creation of the Office of Animal Welfare. I served on this task force until its sunset.
In 2010, I was voted Delaware’s Veterinarian of the Year. This award is in honor of Dr. Wesley Towers, our state veterinarian for 37 years, and a personal friend who raises Delaware Blue Hen chickens, our state bird.
Delaware has recently been faced with pharmacy regulations on compounded medications. Since March we have been attending Delaware Board of Pharmacy (BoP) meetings and BoP legislative meetings to allow veterinarians office-use stock of compounded medications for patient care and administration. Some of these medications are critical to have on hand, such as apomorphine, without having to get a patient-specific prescription filled.
The state of Delaware does not have a veterinary school, so the state contracts with Georgia and Oklahoma to provide Delaware resident veterinary students the benefit of in-state tuition. This benefit is funded through the Delaware Institute of Veterinary Medical Education (DIVME).
In January 2016, the Delaware legislature promised the Delaware resident students this right, but threatened to not fund these seats at the end of legislative session in June. This was after the students financially committed to veterinary school and resident leases. We fought to have those four seats funded for these students and we will be back before the legislature in January 2017 to seek continued funding.
I was proud to be the Delaware VMA representative to white coat the veterinarians-to-be at the University of Georgia. These students are a part of our future.
I still have the determination of the middle school student who when asked by the school guidance counselor, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I replied, “A veterinarian.” He replied, “You need to pick another field. That one is too hard to get into.” I continued that determination by starting Lums Pond Animal Hospital in 1990 and have grown it to a 12,870-square-foot, state-of-the-art, AAHA-accredited facility in Bear, Del.
I am fortunate to have the doctors, managers, staff, and family that will allow me the time to devote to the role of District II director.
I have devoted my time to the advocacy of patient care and welfare, the support of our future leaders, associate involvement in organized veterinary medicine, and the benefits our members deem relevant locally and would proudly do so on the national level.
If elected to the AVMA Board of Directors, I would proudly be an advocate and fiduciary representative to the District II members, and the benefits, services, and well-being they seek.
I humbly ask for your vote in March.
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