Wellness & Wellbeing of Asian American Veterinarians By: Kaori Sakamoto, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPProfessor, Department of Pathology University of Georgia College of Veterinary MedicineDirector of Wellness and Wellbeing for the Association of Asian American Veterinary Medical Professionals (AAVMP). When you were growing up did you encounter any Asian veterinarians? Did you particularly have any Asian female veterinarians to look up too?I’m a bit of an odd story, since I grew up wanting to be a marine biologist, and never had any pets other than fish, since my parents didn’t want anything in...

DVM, PhD, DACVP—Associate Director of State Government Relations, Athens and Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic LabsProfessor, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine What inspired you to go into veterinary medicine when there were so few women in the field?My local veterinarian and his father, who also was a veterinarian, encouraged me and answered all my many questions when they came to our farm and my father’s business (meat-processor/slaughterhouse). When I was in high school, I worked for them in the summers as a secretary/technician. They always encouraged me to become a veterinarian....

Associate Veterinarian, Kennesaw Mountain Animal HospitalGVMA Membership Committee Dr. Melissa was born in Germany thanks to her father’s military career. Dr. Roberts earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State, while simultaneously completing a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Science with an emphasis on Beef Cattle and Toxicology. Dr. Roberts participated in the GVMA’s “Power of Ten” leadership program and is on the GVMA’s Membership Committee. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Acworth. When did you have a stroke?I had my stroke just under two years ago. I was...

GVMA Director of Veterinary ServicesDirector of Veterinary Services GVMA Staff Dr. Wendy Cuevas-Espelid worked in private veterinary practice in England, Florida, and Georgia for over 10 years before moving over to the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) as the Associate State Veterinarian for 5 years where she was responsible for the Animal Health Section. During her time at GDA, she also served for two years as a member of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant review committee and on the initial planning team in preparation for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. She...

Owner, Briarlake Animal HospitalGVMA Board of Directors, District 4 Dr. Hiro is an Atlanta native who started out as a software engineer. After completing his veterinary degree at UGA CVM. He practiced in the Decatur area for over a decade befor e establishing Briarlake Animal Hospital to better serve friends, family, and community. Dr. Hiro lives with his wife, Dr. Hochel, and two wonderful kids. He loves spending time at the kids events and hanging out with friends and family. In other spare time he restores decrepit old cars and banjos. When...

Dr. Jayme Holmes is 2020 graduate of UGA CVM. She is a former GVMA student representative, currently serves on the GVMA Membership committee and works as an associate veterinarian with Dearborn Animal Hospital. “Every day I get to wake up and go to the greatest job in the world. I loved growing up in a house full of animals and found I connected with them deeper than most people did. I also have a passion for taking care of those around me: family, friends, classmates, and of course, animals. These two...

Dr. Bentley graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bentley is an Assistant Director for the Board of Directors & on the Membership Committee. He is also Vice President of the Gwinnett County Veterinary Medical Association. When he is not at the hospital, Dr. Bentley enjoys spending time with his wife and three dogs and six cats. They keep busy outdoors hiking, camping and landscaping. When you were growing up did you encounter any African-American veterinarians? Did you have any veterinarians of color to look up to?The...

Veterinary Radiologist and CEO of Axam Imaging, Inc.GVMA Board of Directors, District 4 Dr. Tasha Axam, a native of Atlanta, GA., received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She went on to complete her residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Axam worked at Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists for 13 years before forming Axam Imaging, Inc. a Georgia based teleradiology and mobile ultrasound service. In 2016, Tasha and her partner Erinn welcomed the greatest...

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