Shelton joins AVMA Washington office

Published on October 01, 2008
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Dr. Ashley N. Shelton
Dr. Ashley N. Shelton

Dr. Ashley N. Shelton, a former AVMA Congressional Science Fellow, has joined the Association's Governmental Relations Division as an assistant director.

The AVMA announced in August that Dr. Shelton had begun in her position as an advocate on behalf of science-based issues affecting animal and human health. Her job includes advancing AVMA legislative priorities relating to research, homeland security, pharmaceuticals, food safety and public health, and animal disease programs.

"She brings a unique blend of veterinary experience and federal legislative know-how, and we are honored to have her join our team," said Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, head of the AVMA GRD.

As an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow in 2007-2008, Dr. Shelton served as an in-house expert with Congress. For a year, she worked on health and biologic issues for North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

"I feel that the unique perspective I gained as a congressional fellow and my work on public health issues while in the Senate have better prepared me for my responsibilities at the GRD," Dr. Shelton said. "I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to use that knowledge and experience to advocate for the profession."

An equine practitioner originally from Danville, Va., Dr. Shelton graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. After receiving her DVM degree, Dr. Shelton interned at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Earlysville, Va., before returning to practice in her hometown.