Cornell veterinary student Chloe Pham and experienced technician and #NextBoard member Valarie Adams ask expert Dr. Alice Villalobos questions about how young professionals can approach ethics in practice
Chloe Pham is a second-year veterinary student at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a DVM candidate of the Class of 2024. Before going to Cornell, Chloe obtained a BA in Religious Studies and a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia in 2016. Her post-baccalaureate education was done at Hunter College. Chloe has a strong interest in pursuing small animal medicine and incorporating animal and veterinary ethics into her future practice.
Valarie Adams is a CVT with over 40 years working in veterinary medicine. Graduating from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1973 puts her in the “aged but still useful” class. Her background in veterinary medicine has taken her from working large and small animal, ECC, and delivering in home veterinary hospice and palliative care. Valarie has lectured and written on death and dying and the human animal bond. She believes the future of veterinary medicine should include compassionate mentoring programs. She fills her soul with her horses, volunteering veterinary care on a Native American reservation, and gathering with groups of wise women.
Dr. Alice Villalobos is 2005-06 President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAHABV). She is a well known pioneer in the field of cancer care for companion animals and a founding member of the Veterinary Cancer Society. A 1972 graduate of UC Davis, she completed Dr. Gordon Theilen’s first mock residency program in oncology and has served the profession by consulting, writing and lecturing in the rapidly growing field of veterinary oncology and end of life care. She was awarded the UC Davis Alumni Achievement Award in 1994, and the Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1999. She is Editor-in-Chief of the AAHABV Newsletter, Secretary of the Animal Health Foundation of the SCVMA and Founder of the Peter Zippi Memorial Fund for Animals, with over 10,000 rescued and placed pets. Dr. Villalobos is serving as President of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics (SVME) for 2010-2011. She will raise discussions about the ethical obligation that veterinarians have to communicate compassionately yet frankly with clients regarding options for pets with cancer and other terminal diseases.