Dr. Edson was born and raised on a small farm in Eastampton, NJ, and is the owner on Rancocas Veterinary Associates. He completed his Paramedic certification (MICP) through Virtua Health, and he then went on to graduate from Rutgers Cook College
with a double major in Animal Science and Biology (BS) in 2007. Four years later, he became a 2011 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.
Dr. Edson is a Site Visitor for the AVMA Council on Education, and former Chair and Large Animal Representative on the AVMA Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues. He was elected onto the NJVMA board in 2016. He is interested in many aspects
of veterinary medicine, though he places an emphasis on equine, small ruminant, camelid, and pot-bellied pig medicine and surgery. He speaks both locally and nationally on the care of miniature pigs, backyard poultry, and backyard livestock.
He has a variety of animal family members, including his horses (Bud, Buddy, Albireo, and Sunny), a miniature donkey (Buster), a mule (Bo), two sheep (Opie, and Scout), two goats (Chase and Gomer), three pot-bellied pigs (Cranberry, Bea, and Piggy
Smalls), a Holstein steer (Ferdinand), three golden retrievers (Cody, Buddy and Shadow), a dachshund (Frankie), a dromedary camel (Boris), two geese (Brad and Donna), and three cats (Tyson Curtis, Morgan, and Katie).
Dr. Christman is Co-Chief of Staff of Brick Town Veterinary Hospital. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a minor in Spanish from Cook College, Rutgers University, in 2000. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary
Medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and went on to receive his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012 from Aspen University. He was elected onto the NJVMA board in 2019.
Dr. Christman is a huge advocate for shelter medicine and animal welfare. As a result, he devotes some of his work to the Jersey Shore Animal Shelter. Dr. Christman is an adjunct professor at Ocean County College as well as the course coordinator
for their veterinary assistant program. He is also a board member for "Pitties and Pals" Rescue Organization and recently became inducted into Brick Township High School's Hall of Fame (2018).
Dr. Christman is the proud pet dad to four adorable dachshunds (Chelsea, Connor, Carl, & Clark W. Griswold). He is an avid Disney enthusiast, along with his husband, Chris.
Dr. Yurkus is a small animal practitioner and co-owner of Middletown, Sea Girt, and Berg Animal Hospitals. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1996, then from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He enjoys both the medicinal
and surgical aspects of veterinary medicine, and preventative medicine is strongly stressed at his practices. He is married to Melissa Marshall, a criticalist at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls. Together they have four children,
2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 turtles, 2 leopard geckoes, and a school of fish.
Dr. Yurkus has been a member of the NJVMA since to New Jersey in 2005. He was elected onto the NJVMA board in 2014 and currently Chairs the Legislative Committee and Continuing Education Task Force. He has traveled all around the state, and country,
as a board member, meeting with many politicians and peers in New Jersey.
Dr. Edelle is the owner of Veterinary Center of Morris County in East Hanover, New Jersey. She attended Cornell University for both her undergraduate degree (‘00) and DVM (‘04). Dr. Edelle’s initial passion was in equine medicine and she completed
a rotating internship at Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center. She then joined their Ambulatory Services team as an Associate Veterinarian, remaining there until 2009, when she decided to make the transition to small animal practice. She has
been at Veterinary Center of Morris County ever since, finally fulfilling her dreams of purchasing the practice in the fall of 2014. Megan currently lives in Florham Park with her husband, their three children and a menagerie of critters.
As a female practice owner, with experience in both the small animal and equine fields, Dr. Edelle understands the variety of challenges facing practitioners. She believes that we are stronger as a group than we are individually and that if we
want to survive in the current climate of veterinary medicine, we need to come together and collaborate. She was elected onto the NJVMA board in 2018 and currently Chairs the Membership Task Force.
Dr. Kim grew up in New York and received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. After two years at the National Cancer Institute performing cancer genetic research, she attended veterinary school at Tufts University. Dr. Kim completed a rotating
internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, New York, and an oncology internship at Cornell University. She initially started as an emergency doctor and then did her residency in medical oncology at Michigan State University School
of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Kim has been a member of the NJVMA since 2005 and was elected onto the NJVMA board in 2020. Dr. Kim serves as a member of the NJVMA Education Taskforce as well as ACVIM's Education and Research Committee. Her interests include promoting diversity
and mental health awareness in the veterinary community. She is owned by 3 cats (Norman Rat Baits, Marion and Bumper) and 1 chihuahua (Franklin). In her free time she is an avid knitter.
Dr. Levie grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and did her undergraduate work at University of Delaware, followed by veterinary school at University of Pennsylvania (VMD95). She has practiced in Gloucester and Camden counties since graduation,
and has been an associate veterinarian in small animal general practice at Winslow Animal Hospital for the past 11 years. She has been an active member of the Southern New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, devoting 12 years as an officer
of the group. She is a member of AVMA, AAFP, and Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine as well. In her non-veterinary time, she spends quality time with her husband, teen sons, and cats. She and her husband serve as adult leaders/chaperones
for hiking and camping with Boy Scout Troop 81 and Venture Crew 521.
Dr. Levie was elected onto the NJVMA board in 2018. She offers the perspective of veterinary medicine from a long-term associate in private general practice who understands the challenges of balancing work and family, as well as the importance
of understanding both the business as well as medical side of general practice.
Dr. Portner obtained his bachelor's degree in Biology/All-College Honors from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and his veterinary degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts in 2004. After graduation from Tufts
University, Dr. Portner completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and went on to complete his residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in
Rhode Island in July of 2008. In 2009, Dr. Portner passed the specialist certification examination and became board certified in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.
Along with membership in the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (EVECCS), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association
(NJVMA), he has also been a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), the Rhode Island Disaster Response Team, and the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA), as well as several state
and regional associations. He was elected onto the NJVMA board in 2017 and currently Chairs the Opioid Task Force.
Dr. Smallwood graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA with a major in General Biology before pursuing and attaining his DVM degree at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2018. Upon graduating,
he practiced at a general practice in Nashville, TN before relocating to Hoboken, NJ as an emergency doctor with Veterinary Emergency Group. After approximately eight months as an associate ER doctor, Dr. Smallwood was promoted to Medical
Director of the VEG Hoboken location and has helped grow the practice and serve the surrounding community.
Dr. Smallwood was elected to the NJVMA Rising Apprentice in the summer of 2019 and was offered the chance to attend the Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago. He not only made connections with other practitioners in the New Jersey area,
but also gained invaluable insight into what goes into policy making and protecting our veterinarians within our industry.