As an assistant director in the AVMA’s Scientific Activities Division, Dr. Lynne White-Shim works to advocate for the profession to ensure veterinarians have the “tools” they need to do their job. Her main areas of focus are drugs, pesticides, and vaccines used in veterinary medicine – specifically advocating for safe, effective, and available products for veterinarians to use in the daily course of their practice.
Dr. White-Shim works closely with the expert veterinarians who volunteer as members of two of AVMA’s governing groups: the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee.
Dr. White-Shim grew up in central Illinois close to Champaign-Urbana and has always been a Fighting Illini fan. She did much of her educational training at the University of Illinois, graduating with a B.S. in Agriculture (Animal Sciences) in 1999 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006. She really liked the prospect of doing her own animal health research, so she also earned a Master’s degree in Animal Sciences with a focus in swine nutrition at the University of Kentucky, completing her thesis and graduating in 2001.
Outside of work, Dr. White-Shim loves spending time with her family – her husband and toddler, a White German Shepherd mix, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, a calico cat, and an orange and white tabby cat. In addition to family time, Dr. White-Shim especially enjoys cheering on the Illini and doing outdoor activities including walking and running.