Dr. Sharon Kuca joined the AVMA staff in late August as an assistant director of the Animal Welfare Division. She will be responsible for helping support animal welfare–related public policy and advocacy efforts.
Dr. Kuca received her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London in 2013 and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is currently pursuing a master's in animals and public policy at Tufts University.
"I have always had an interest in farm animal welfare, which is why I enrolled at Tufts to get my master's," Dr. Kuca explained. "When I saw the AVMA was looking for an assistant director of the Animal Welfare Division with an emphasis on farm animal welfare, I knew it would be the perfect next step for me, as it allows me to advocate for farm animals."
She continued, "I hope that during my time here, I can help to facilitate productive relationships with AVMA's volunteer leadership and other stakeholders to create policy that will lead to improved welfare for farm animals."
Most recently Dr. Kuca worked as an associate veterinarian at Edwardsville Pet Hospital in Edwardsville, Illinois. Prior to that, she externed at small and large animal hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom and worked as an animal care technician at Rockefeller University in New York.