HSVMA State Representatives

In October 2014, HSVMA piloted a State Representative Program consisting of active volunteer veterinarian liaisons who conduct outreach on behalf of HSVMA to their respective state veterinary medical associations and the broader profession, and serve as resources on animal welfare-related issues for the veterinary community. HSVMA State Representatives also help the organization with legislative initiatives, providing expert witness testimony, submitting legislative support letters, writing letters to the editor and offering other forms of outreach, such as speaking at veterinary schools and to other veterinary professional groups.

Our pilot program began with four representatives – in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island – who accomplished a great deal of successful outreach in a short period of time. The HSVMA State Representative program is now in full swing, and we have now expanded the program with five additional representatives—in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New York and New Jersey.

Learn more about each of the HSVMA State Representatives below. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please email advocacy@hsvma.org.

CALIFORNIA
Dr. Barry Kipperman
Dr. Barry Kipperman
COLORADO
Dr. Jon Geller 
Dr. Jon Geller
CONNECTICUT
Dr. Melissa Shapiro
Dr. Melissa Shapiro

GEORGIA
Dr. Sharon Crowell-Davis

ILLINOIS
Dr. Meredith Rives
Dr. Meredith Rives
MASSACHUSETTS
Dr. Nicholas Dodman
Dr. Nicholas Dodman
MICHIGAN
Dr. Pamela Graves
Dr. Pamela Graves
MINNESOTA
Dr. Karen Arras
Dr. Karen Arras

NEW JERSEY
Dr. Nicole Feddersen
Dr. Nicole Feddersen

NEW YORK  

Dr. Eileen Jefferson
Dr. Eileen Jefferson

 

OREGON 
Dr. Katie Bahr
RHODE ISLAND
Dr. Gary Block
Dr. Gary Block