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Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM

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Joined: 02/18/2010
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Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM, is a small animal internal medicine consultant for Phoenix Central Laboratory, an independent veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Everett, Wash. She consults with veterinary professionals on internal medicine and diagnostic testing, organizes continuing education provided by the laboratory to the veterinary community, including seminars and wet labs, and contributes to their newsletter and web site.

Willis is board certified in the American College of Internal Medicine. She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Willis completed a small animal internship at the University of Minnesota and a residency and master’s program at the University of Saskatchewan. She worked in private small animal practice in California and Wisconsin for two years and later served as a customer and veterinary affairs manager for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. before coming to Phoenix Lab in 1994. She left in 2002 to work for Antech Diagnostics Inc. as a consultant until 2008, and then worked briefly as medical director at the Humane Society for Seattle King County after serving five years on its board. Willis returned to Phoenix Lab in January 2009. She is particularly interested in diagnostic testing and diseases of the endocrine system and the liver.

Willis is extensively involved in organized veterinary medicine. She is past president of the Seattle King County Veterinary Medical Association and the Washington State Veterinary Medicine (WSVMA). She continues to serve on committees addressing public relations and continuing education. She is past chair of the communications committee for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and continues to be active on that committee, organizing the business management section and public relations events at The ACVIM Forum, the group’s annual meeting. Willis is the alternative delegate from Washington to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and works with the association on various public outreach programs. Willis is on the board of advisors for Veterinary News Network (VNN), an organization of veterinarians involved in media communications. She is co-host and creator of “Ask the Vet” radio show airing Sunday mornings on am 570KVI. Willis is passionate about educating pet owners to be the best health advocates for their pet in partnership with their family veterinarian.

Willis is president of the board of the Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Project in Lynnwood, Wash., and serves on the board of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research representing the WSVMA.

Willis serves as staff for Bill the Black Cat, Lilly the Himalayan, and Tiger (you guessed it, the tiger cat). Willis’ hobbies include triathlons and cycling, wine appreciation, gardening, the arts, and reading.

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