Tennessee has passed a historic piece of legislation aimed at preventing animal abusers from striking again. The bill, signed by Gov. Bill Haslam on May 8, will create an online registry of people who have been convicted of certain animal-cruelty … read more
Kate Tormey was a state policy analyst in the AVMA’s State Relations division. She tracked state legislation and regulations that have implications for veterinarians and veterinary practice. She also worked with state VMAs and other allied organizations to make sure veterinarians have a strong voice in advocating for public policies that support the profession.
Kate began her career as a newspaper journalist, where she developed an interest in state government. She went on to The Council of State Governments, where she focused on health policy and supported a committee of state legislators interested in health and human services. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor.
She lives in Chicago, where she serves on the local school council and volunteers organizing family-oriented activities and service projects. You can often find her in the neighborhood community garden, planting vegetables and digging for worms with her daughter and husband. Kate graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.