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 AVMA names 2017-2018 congressional fellows

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce the three veterinarians who will serve in the 2017-2018 AVMA Fellowship Program, providing Congress with scientific counsel on policies related to animal health, animal welfare and public health.

Beginning in August, the three selected fellows will serve for one year in Washington, D.C. as full-time staff in a congressional office or congressional committee. During their tenure, the fellows will advise policymakers on a wide range of pressing issues, such as food safety, public health, animal welfare, research and small business issues. 

This September, the fellows will interview with congressional offices and/or committee staff to receive their year-long placements. Once placed, they will support the activities of that office full-time. The fellows are not AVMA employees or lobbyists.

The 2017-2018 fellows were selected out of 19 applicants for the program which included a three-phased, competitive selection process. AVMA’s Fellowship Selection Committee was chaired by AVMA Immediate Past President Dr. Joe Kinnarney and included former AVMA congressional fellow Dr. Chase Crawford and AVMA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Adrian Hochstadt. 

The 2017-2018 AVMA fellows are: 

  • Dr. Radhika Gharpure: Originally from Plainsboro, N.J., Dr. Gharpure is a 2016 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. As a veterinary student, she had the opportunity to intern with several national and international public health organizations including the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. She was a 2015 student extern with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division. Dr. Gharpure recently completed her MPH degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on epidemiology and infectious diseases. Her professional interests include emerging and neglected zoonoses, outbreak response and global health policy.
  • Dr. Matt Holland: Dr. Holland graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine class of 2017. Originally from Libertyville, Ill., a Chicago suburb, he came to veterinary medicine as a second career. After graduating in 2007 from Drake University with a B.A. in radio and television journalism, he worked as a television producer for various media outlets in Chicago and New York City, including Big Ten Network, Major League Baseball Network and the Chicago Bears. Between sport seasons, he spent free time working with animals, and ultimately decided to pursue his passion in the field of veterinary medicine. During veterinary school, Matt served as president of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, while also pursuing a Master's of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Through his journalism background and these experiences in organized veterinary medicine and public health, he recognized the need for health communicators at the intersection of science and policy. He is thrilled to pursue this work by serving in the AVMA Fellowship Program.
  • Dr. Mark Logan: Dr. Logan graduated from University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and moved to Cape May Court House, N.J. to begin a 34-year career in private small animal practice. He has served as volunteer staff veterinarian at the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor N.J. for more than 30 years, providing advice and consultations for aquatic species in the exhibits, support for the Diamondback Terrapin project and shell fracture repairs for more than 1,000 female terrapins injured while crossing coastal boulevards. Dr. Logan was elected president of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association in 2001, appointed to the New Jersey Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NJBVME) in 2002 and re-appointed by governors of both parties, and elected president of NJBVME each year over the last decade. Additionally, Dr. Logan has been a member of the Board of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, N.J., where he participates in board meetings, advises on policy and planning, supports all fundraising efforts and provides veterinary insight on planning and new projects. ​He also served on the Board of Directors for the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and continues as a member.

The fellowship program is sponsored through the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which works to place qualified scientific experts in congressional offices where they are needed. The AVMA provides funding for the program. To date, more than 65 veterinarians have participated in the AVMA Fellowship Program.

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