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Association of Shelter Veterinarians – April 25, 2024

Event

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) held its annual member reception on April 25 in New Orleans.

Awards

Meritorious Service Award

Dr. Karla Brestle
Dr. Karla Brestle

Dr. Karla Brestle (North Carolina State ’93), Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Brestle has worked more than 25 years for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Spay/Neuter Alliance in Asheville, where she now serves as senior director of training and programs. She has formulated and implemented high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter (HQHVSN) protocols that have transformed spay and neuter practices and ensured effectiveness and evidence-based methodologies.

Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Rebecca Fellman
Dr. Rebecca Fellman

Dr. Rebecca Fellman (Cornell ’16), Boston. Dr. Fellman serves as the lead clinician of community and shelter services at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. She has led initiatives that have enhanced access to essential veterinary services for thousands of animals, revolutionized shelter medicine practices, addressed medical barriers to adoption, and established community outreach programs. Dr. Fellman helped found a trap-neuter-vaccinate-return program in collaboration with the Berkeley County Animal Center in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

Officials

Dr. Lena DeTar
Dr. Lena DeTar
Dr. Staci Kehir
Dr. Staci Kehir

Drs. Lena DeTar, Ithaca, New York, president; Staci Kehir, Fair Play, South Carolina, vice president; Dianne Brown, Beaverton, Oregon, secretary; Emily Purvis, Gig Harbor, Washington, treasurer; and Jennifer Bolser, Thornton, Colorado, immediate past president