Meet The Executive Board Candidates
Join the candidates vying for a seat on the NJVMA Executive Board, for the “Meet the Executive Board Candidates” forum to be held on Saturday, March 8th immediately following the NJVMA Business Meeting and Luncheon. For the second time at the Annual Meeting, NJVMA members will have the opportunity to hear the candidates’ views on the profession and the issues that face it.
Michael Yurkus, DVM
I graduated from Bucknell University, and then went to the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2000 I graduated and started working in a small animal hospital on the North Shore of Massachusetts. In 2004, my wife accepted a position to head up Red Bank Veterinary Hospital's emergency and critical care department, so we moved to New Jersey, where I accepted a position at Middletown Animal Hospital. In 2009 I became a partner at Middletown with Dr. Francisco Velazquez, and in 2011 we purchased the Sea Girt Animal Hospital. When I am not working I spend most of my time with my wife and 4 children, outdoors as much as possible.
The reason that I would like to serve on the board of the NJVMA is because I feel that I am extremely representative of the average vet in New Jersey. I have been an associate until recently, and even as an owner I still spend 40 to 50 hours a week seeing appointments and performing procedures. I think that my concerns, fears, and hopes for our profession mirror those of most of us, and that I really understand the state of the profession. I believe that I am very approachable, open minded, and concerned for the future of veterinary medicine in New Jersey. I look forward to being able to help represent and serve my peers.
Amy Sclarsky, VMD
I am a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. I also have a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware, respectively. Upon graduation from veterinary school, I worked in small animal private practice at a busy, 5-doctor practice in Gloucester County. My first year in practice was an extraordinary learning experience and set the stage for my professional career over the next 25 years. Over this period of time, I have worked in multiple small animal practices in Camden, Burlington and Ocean Counties. I spent 12 years as an associate at a busy 8-doctor practice in Cherry Hill before purchasing my own practice in Cherry Hill, which I now co-own. The Garden State Animal Hospital is now a 5-doctor small animal practice.I live in Cherry Hill with my husband, a software engineer and have 3 children, all in college. Although I miss endless laundry, carpools and swim meets, I am now able to devote time in service to our profession.
As a long-time resident of New Jersey, I have an interest and an awareness of the problems facing New Jersey's veterinarians. As the parent of a first year veterinary student, I am even more motivated to see that our profession enjoys the benefits of protection from excess economic pressures and the public respect we all deserve. I maintain memberships in the South Jersey VMA, NJVMA and the AVMA.