MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Mar. 15, 2021 – The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County’s full-time, on-site shelter veterinarian, Mary Manspeaker, D.V.M., has been appointed to the Shelby County Board of Health.
Dr. Manspeaker joins new board members for a four-year term as the only appointed veterinarian following her selection by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and vote by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.
“As a shelter veterinarian, I see the impact animals have on human well-being every day, and I’m trained to recognize the unique factors among animal populations that influence public health,” Manspeaker said. “I hope to use my skills and background to impart on my team the importance of animal health and the role animals play in overall community wellness.”
The Shelby County Board of Health was reestablished in 2020 and works alongside the Shelby County Health Department to meet and provide expert opinions on health-related issues, policies and regulations. Comprised of two physicians and one dentist, pharmacist, nurse, veterinarian and citizen, the board will assist in improving the health of all Shelby County citizens.
As noted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, veterinarians serve a critical role in the health and safety of their communities. Veterinarians work on the front lines of threatening animal diseases, track disease trends in their region, ensure their communities have a stable food supply and advocate for the safety of animals.
Dr. Manspeaker joined the Humane Society in 2019 and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville. She also holds a master’s degree in veterinary forensic sciences and a graduate certificate in shelter medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville.
Since 1933, the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has courageously met the needs of injured, abused and neglected animals and the humans who care for them. The organization firmly believes that the ethical treatment of animals – and the connections forged between humans and animals – strengthen our community. To this end, they offer services including animal adoption, animal training, low-cost veterinary services and community education. For more information on the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, visit www.memphishumane.org, connect with HSMSC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or call the shelter at 901-937-3900.