Eileen Jefferson, DVM – Director, Veterinary Ethics and New York State Legislative Affairs

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    Dr. Gitte Fenger

    Dr. Eileen Jefferson is Director, Veterinary Ethics and New York State Legislative Affairs.

    Dr. Eileen Jefferson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biological Sciences and then received her DVM with honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. A former staff veterinarian at the San Francisco SPCA, she now operates her own innovative animal advocacy-based mobile practice, Ethical Veterinary, in Ulster County, New York. In addition to her blog, Ethical Veterinarian, she writes op-eds to further humane causes. She regularly joins with the Humane Society of the United States to bolster its animal advocacy campaigns and assist with its rescue operations in the field.

    Most notably, she helps lead and organize the growing humane veterinary lobby for New York State, including recent efforts to ban declawing statewide.

    While in veterinary school , she won multiple awards for her persuasive writing on animal issues and served as an associate editor for the Student AVMA Journal. She is a member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

    Outside of animals, art, music, and nature, her joys in life include: satirical writing, fiction writing, persuasive writing, expository writing, and guacamole. She hopes that is a healthy enough balance.