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Jessica Sewell of VCA Animal Hospitals Becomes First Registered Veterinary Technician Appointed to Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine

April 15, 2021


  • Jessica Sewell is the first Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) to receive the honor in the state 
  • VCA Chief Medical Officer, Marie Kerl, DVM says the appointment “signals the growing appreciation for technicians’ role in delivering the best in veterinary care”

LOS ANGELES - (April 15, 2021) - VCA Animal Hospitals’ Jessica M. Sewell, BAS CVT LVT RVT, has been appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to serve on the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Sewell is the first Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) to serve in this position and in this role. Veterinary care leader VCA, a part of Mars Veterinary Health, helps care for 4 million pets each year.  

Members of the Board work to supervise the practice of veterinary medicine by regulating licensees and promoting professional standards. 

“Jessica brings her heart to her work and continually shows her commitment to advancing the veterinary profession and supporting her Georgia community,” said Marie Kerl, DVM, MPH, DACVIM, DACVECC and Chief Medical Officer for VCA. “Her appointment to the Board signals the growing appreciation for technicians’ role in delivering the best in veterinary care. Our VCA family is so proud of her.”

Jessica has been a part of VCA since 2005 and has spent time in emergency, specialty, and general practices. She is currently serves as a Regional Technician Director for VCA.

In addition to her new role as a board member of the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine, Jessica currently serves as the Vice President of Georgia Veterinary Technician & Assistant Association (GVTAA) and is an active member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association’s (GVMA) Wellness Committee. She was also one of five veterinary technicians on the American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) Veterinary Technicians Board Input Group.  

Her term begins this month and she will join current Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine members: Beckey Malphus, DVM (President); Cuevas-Espelid, DVM (Vice President); Matthew Bradley, DVM; Larry Corry, DVM; William Alexander Wright, DVM; and Mr. Thomas Culpepper (Consumer Member). 

Jessica said of the role, “it is such an honor to be the first Registered Veterinary Technician appointed to the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine. This is a big deal for our community in Georgia and across the U.S. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to keep advancing our profession.”

About VCA Animal Hospitals
VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 1,000 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Japan. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,500 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 600 are board certified specialists who are experts in areas such as internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, emergency and critical care, and surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. As part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, VCA is committed to the Mars Petcare purpose— A Better World for Pets™

Media Contact:
Kimberly West
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