Dr. Gary Marshall
Statement of Candidacy
With my previous 5 years of service on the WSVMA Board of Directors, I feel that I will be an experienced and effective board member for this upcoming term. I was quite active in organized veterinary medicine while in vet school at WSU, but as for so many of us, life happened. Starting in the ’90s, I spent three decades tending to my practices and to my family. Now that my children have grown up, and I’ve sold the practice I started 25 years ago, I’ve been able to devote more time to giving back to this wonderful profession that has been so good to me since I started cleaning kennels as a teenager over 40 years ago. I know I will never be able to repay this profession completely, but I enjoy trying to make a dent in that ledger.
While serving on WSVMA task forces and the Board of Directors, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and now as Alternate Delegate from Washington to the AVMA, I have gained valuable connections and experience in the world of advocacy in veterinary medicine. As an Adjunct Faculty at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and through other connections with students, I have worked hard to be an active mentor in the lives of many of our younger generation that will be our future leaders. I have learned so much from so many of them to help me gain insight into the new challenges impacting veterinary medicine in our state. If I am allowed to continue to advocate for you as a member of the WSVMA Board of Directors, I will work hard to make your load a bit lighter while you work attending to your practices/careers and your families until you have some available time to give back and serve.
Dr. Gary Marshall is a graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He continues to practice full-time at the feline-exclusive practice he founded on Mercer Island, Washington in 1996. His special areas of interest are feline geriatrics, client communication, and the training and mentorship of veterinary students and recent graduates.
With his position as Adjunct Professor for Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, there are several veterinary students receiving part of their clinical training at Island Cats every year.
As the current WSVMA Board of Directors member who has been serving the longest, and as immediate Past-President he has gained so much insight into what it takes to advocate for veterinary medicine in Washington state. He also currently serves as one of two representatives from Washington State in the House of Delegates for the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2020 he was elected to serve on the Board of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, and was appointed to serve on the Advisory Group of the AVMA/AAVMC Commission for a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Veterinary Profession. He also enjoys engaging with new grads as the North American Mentor for the VetX International Thrive community.
Outside of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Marshall enjoys getting to all the corners of the Pacific Northwest to work on honing his landscape photography skills, and during the winter he participates in a local curling league.