Meet the Candidates NJVMA 2020 Executive Board Election

NJVMA 2020 Executive Board Election: Meet the Candidates

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Joshua Portner


I am here running for my second term on the NJVMA Executive Board. During my first three years on the board, I have worked hard to be an advocate for all of our members and for the profession as a whole. I am the co-chair of the Opioid Task force and a member of the Continuing Education task force along with my primary role as an Executive Director. I have had multiple meetings with state senators and assemblymen advocating various legislative issues to promote or protect our practice within the state. I have also represented the NJVMA at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in 2018 and 2019 and at the AVMA Economic Summit in 2018. I look forward to continuing my work with the NJVMA Executive Board for a second term.

My current position as a business owner and previous position as a medical director for a satellite hospital to a large specialty and referral hospital provides insight into the business and management aspects that come along with practice ownership, leadership, and maintaining a highly functional and efficient practice. My current business also brings me to many practices across the state, on a regular basis, giving me access to a wide variety of perspectives to better represent our membership. I believe that my experience as an emergency and critical care specialist provides a wide based view of veterinary medicine from the clinical perspective, having some level of training that bridges all specialties and general medicine as well. I feel that these things and my desire to see our profession thrive and grow have left me as an ideal candidate for a second term with the NJVMA Executive Board.

I am currently the proud owner of a Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound practice serving veterinary hospitals throughout the state. I became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2009 after I completed my residency at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in 2008, a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in 2005 and obtained my DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.

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Jennifer Kim


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 began at NorthStar VETS as an emergency clinician in 2005 and returned in 2010 to treat oncology patients after completing her residency in medical oncology at Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine. 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.

I feel strongly that if you feel that you can make a difference you should. Be the change. It is easy to see deficiencies but more satisfying to make things better. A true leader feels that they are taking a step down to serve rather than stepping up to obtain power. I would be humbled to serve. For me, my goals are to help bring diversity as a non-white female I can hopefully add unique insight. I also feel that we are at the cusp of big changes in veterinary medicine with technology, growing referral services and our clients spending more on their pets in both time and money. I do not think we are keeping up with educating our patients in what veterinary medicine can do. I also feel we need to do more as an industry to help our own.