Board of Directors Candidates

mike-anderson-2015-16-candidateMichael Anderson

DVM

lisa-parshley-2015-16-candidateLisa Parshley

DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Bio

Dr. Anderson has been with Kulshan Veterinary Hospital since 1981. He was born and raised in Zumbrota, Minnesota and obtained his DVM in 1978 from the University of Minnesota. He maintains a link to his roots through his father and brothers who are veterinarians in his hometown. His interests include all aspects of dairy medicine and surgery, small ruminants, new world camelids, swine and equine emergency care. In addition to being a longtime WSVMA member, he maintains his membership in numerous organizations including the AABP, AASRP, NMC and AVMA. Dr. Anderson has served on the WSVMA Board of Directors since 2011 and is the former chair of the Animal Welfare Committee. In his spare time, he continues his interest in golf, skiing, gardening, and travel.

Statement of Candidacy

It is my goal to be re-elected to the WSVMA Board of Directors. The association influences the lives of Washington veterinarians in practice whether the affect is direct or indirect. It has been a privilege to be associated with the current group of dedicated veterinarians that are aggressively addressing the complex issues that often bring us together and sometimes divide us as associate and practice owning veterinarians.

We are set upon a new course of streamlining administration, using tools that allow us to communicate more efficiently and effectively. The stated goal of the WSVMA is to be more connected to its constituency, in touch with the issues pertinent to all Washington veterinarians, to create a Board of Directors and a Leadership Development Committee that is responsive to the spectrum of veterinary input and facilitates the opportunity for involvement. It will need to reflect the diversity of all in practice.

I am not the architect of this change but I have been an active participant in this process and would like the opportunity to continue these efforts to better serve and connect the WSVMA with all Washington veterinarians. I would appreciate your vote in the upcoming election.

Bio

Dr. Parshley currently works at and co-owns the Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center. Dr. Parshley earned a PhD in biochemistry from Oregon Health Sciences University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Washington. In 2003, she received a DVM from Colorado State University and one year later completed a small animal internship at Cornell University. She completed a medical oncology residency at Michigan State University and has become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (oncology). Dr. Parshley also has extensive experience in emergency medicine, critical care, and palliative medicine. She has served on several AVMA Councils and committees and is the current president of the WSVMA Board of Directors. In her spare time, she loves to sail, bike, hike and build boats.

Statement of Candidacy

Veterinary associations, like all professional associations, represent and serve our profession, and through this service the animals we treat. A great example is how Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) provides a veterinary voice in state and local politics. Most veterinary professional associations, including WSVMA, rely on volunteers to provide leadership for the association and most of the manpower for all the stated goals of the association.

Volunteering for various veterinary associations over the years has provided me an opportunity to give back to my profession. Over the last few years, working for the WSVMA I have been taught the joy of working locally; focusing on state issues. I have had the chance to work with some of the most amazing veterinarians and dedicated staff. It is my honor to be counted a member of this group.

Our current Board of Directors has guided the association through some ground breaking changes, changes designed to streamline our process into a proactive organization. My goal is to be re-elected to the Board of Directors to help finish the transition of the WSVMA into a strategic association. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great association and for considering my election to the Board of Directors.