Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Announces 2014 Recent Graduate Leadership Award

Dr. Ashley S. Morgan Recognized for Contributions to the Veterinary Medicine Profession

Roanoke, VA, April 16, 2014 --( The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to enhancing the quality of human and animal life, has announced Ashley S. Morgan, D.V.M., as the recipient of the VVMA 2014 Recent Graduate Leadership Award. Presented annually at the Virginia Veterinary Conference, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to the veterinary medicine profession and to veterinary education.

Dr. Morgan received her Bachelor of Science in 1999 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and her DVM in 2004 from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Upon graduation, she pursued an internship at the Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Free Union, Va., and then practiced equine medicine and surgery in Chatham, Va. for two years. Dr. Morgan then focused on public health and bioterrorism issues through her position as a Congressional Science Fellow in U.S. Senator Richard Burr’s (R-NC) office in Washington, D.C., in 2007.

A constant advocate of the veterinary profession, Dr. Morgan serves as assistant director at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Governmental Relations Division. Here she established, enhanced, and maintained communication among AVMA membership, AVMA staff in Schaumburg, Ill. and Washington, D.C., the U.S. Congress, regulatory agency officials, state veterinary medical associations, allied veterinary groups, universities, advocacy groups. As a registered lobbyist, Dr. Morgan monitors activities in Congress and federal regulatory agencies related to issues of interest to the veterinary profession.

“We are pleased to present the 2014 Recent Graduate Leadership Award to Dr. Morgan, who has already left her mark in the field of veterinary medicine,” said Terry Taylor, D.V.M., VVMA president-elect. “She is an outstanding member and advocate of VVMA and truly deserves this recognition. We look forward to her continued growth in the profession and appreciate all she does for VVMA and its members.”

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The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of human and animal life through veterinary medicine. The organization aims to establish and enhance open communication between members of the association and industry representatives. The VVMA provides continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through mentoring programs, lobbies on behalf of the interests in the field of veterinary medicine and serves as an advocate and voice for the Virginia veterinary medicine community. For more information, visit, or call (800) 937-8862 or (804) 346-2611.
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