Dr. Kimberly May

Dr. Kimberly (Kim) May is an assistant director in the AVMA’s Communications Division and the director of professional and public affairs at the AVMA – a fancy title for a job that’s cheerleader, mouthpiece, writer, media darling, scout, resident social media specialist, Observer of Scary, Squiggly Things and “other duties as assigned,” all rolled into one. 

A diehard Hokie, Dr. May spent a total of 11 years of her life on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. – first as an undergraduate student, followed by veterinary school and later by a residency in large animal surgery and a year on the faculty as a clinical instructor in the large animal surgery department. She attained ACVS board certification in large animal surgery in 2000 and worked in private equine practices and referral practices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia before coming to the AVMA in October 2005. 

Outside of work, Dr. May spends her time with Rugby the mutt (the undisputed Best Dog in the World, according to Dr. May), Crackerjack the mule (best known for her peppermint addiction), and Ricki the Quarter Horse.

5 thoughts on “Dr. Kimberly May

  1. Regarding the recent JAVMA article regarding cyberbullying, I am concerned with the advisory to suggest a disgruntled client file a VMB complaint to forestall a civil action.

    These are not benign actions that upset clients take. “I don’t like my veterinarian” which is often what the problem amounts to will not be something that a professional board will care about just leading to more unhappiness by the aggrieved. For those complaints that vets are asked to respond to, with or without merit, it may take years for them to be addressed during which time a veterinarian will continue to take on the stress of the circumstance. Sometimes long after the client has worn out their passion and bullying.

    In the process of evaluating a complaint, a VMB investigation can uncover other problems needing addressing that have nothing to do with the nature of the original complaint. Granted these are things that a veterinarian can anticipate and should be willing to improve, it is not appreciable for that to compound things if the Dr provided the resource that resulted in further insult.

    Please do consider this in the advice given to veterinarians in the future who face difficult client interactions.

    Carl Singer DVM

  2. Dr May,

    I was recently talking to Rebecca Gimenez with regard to the “Ani-Medic” program that was being considered many years ago at Eastern Kentucky University and Dr Hunter. My question today is: Has an Ani-medic program ever been considered by AVMA, and if so, what position does the AVMA hold on giving training to EMT’s and Paramedics to aid animals in a field emergency situation?


    Kathleen Becker

    • Kathleen, the AVMA doesn’t have any official position on EMTs and Paramedics aiding animals in a field emergency situation. I was involved in the initial discussions about the AniMedic program (but not as an AVMA rep). The AVMA and AVMF have been primarily focused on the Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMATs), which provide disaster response and training to state response groups. The AVMF is more involved in the management of the VMAT teams, and provides grants for disaster and emergency preparedness. I’m not sure if they’d consider an AniMedic-type program within the purview of their mission and objective – I can’t speak for them. You could contact the AVMF for more information, or possibly contact Dr. Cheryl Eia on our staff (her email is c eia @ avma. org, remove the spaces to get her email address).

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