National Veterinary Council
NVC will extend the reach of the Animal Wellness Foundation’s and Animal Wellness Action’s programs and priorities by putting vets in the forefront of the animal protection movement. In addition, the NVC will help with hands-on advocacy programs, putting their professional training and public credibility to advance animal protection goals.
Annie Harvilicz, D.V.M.
Los Angeles, California
A graduate of the Virginia Tech School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Harvilicz is the Chief Medical Officer of the veterinary hospital Animal Wellness Centers in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for helping lost, abandoned, or homeless dogs and has served on the national leadership council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Harvilicz founded the Animal Wellness Foundation to create a rescue organization that enables her veterinary practice to extend animal care more broadly into the community.
After graduating from Tufts Veterinary school in 1989, Dr. Hassinger completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. In 1997 she founded the Wolf Rock Animal Health Center, the first Integrative Veterinary Medicine practice in Rhode Island, providing lifelong health care, combining alternative therapies with conventional medicine, surgery and dentistry. She is trained in Acupuncture, Animal Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Chinese and Western herbal medicine, Flower Essence therapy and clinical nutrition. Dr. Hassinger served as an elder in the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, during which time she was among the first to lecture and write on the topic of veterinarian suicide and wellness education. She has an interest in the issues involved in management of wolves and wild horses in the American West.
Randall Cannon, D.V.M.
Since graduating from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with honors, Dr. Cannon has devoted over 22 years toward animal care in his private practice and almost a decade toward animal protection. He works to raise public awareness about animal issues in myriad ways and in 2012 founded Take Your Blinders Off, Inc., a non-profit that owns and operates a truck equipped with two video screens that educates the public about a wide range of animal welfare issues. He’s been featured in two documentaries exposing animal abuse and is the recipient the Pollination Project Lisa Shapiro award.
Pernilla Edstrom, D.V.M., Ph.D
Los Angeles, California
Dr. Edstrom brings 12 years of veterinary care experience as Medical Director of the Animal Wellness Centers animal hospital in Los Angeles. After receiving her veterinary doctorate at Western University of Health Sciences, she accepted an internship at Animal Surgical and Emergency Center (ASEC) in West Los Angeles. There, she was exposed to a multitude of specialties, such as Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Cardiology, Radiology, and Internal Medicine. As a practicing veterinarian, she treats and rehabilitates pets and rescue animals while actively supporting animal protection policies.
Matt Holland, D.V.M.
Dr. Jim Keen, D.V.M., Ph.D
Sarah LaMere, D.V.M., Ph.D
San Diego, California
Dr. Armaiti May, D.V.M.
Los Angeles, California
Louise Murray, D.V.M., DACVIM (SAIN)
Rye, New York
Dr. Murray is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her residency in veterinary internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. She worked as Medical Director before becoming Vice President of ASPCA Animal Hospital in New York. Dr. Murray has been the recipient of multiple veterinary awards, including the American Association of Feline Practitioners Award for Outstanding Interest and Ability in Feline Medicine and Surgery. Currently, she is the Staff Internist at Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center.
She has authored the consumer guide to veterinary medicine Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health and has made television appearances including CNN American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, and Good Morning America to help pet parents attain the information they need to be successful advocates for their animal companions.
Katy Nelson, D.V.M.
Dr. Nelson graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Her career has ranged from working for a Fortune 50 company as a technical services veterinarian, to emergency medicine, to her own media and marketing consulting business for the last 11 years. She’s the host and executive producer of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy on Washington DC’s ABC7 News station, and is an impassioned national advocate for animal rescue.
Avenelle Turner, D.V.M., Dip ACVIM
Marina Del Rey, California