It was a pleasure to talk with Dr. Chumkee Aziz on All My Children Wear Fur Coats.  She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.  She then completed an internship with the ASPCA in New York City and a shelter medicine residency at the University of California, Davis.  She is currently employed by the ASPCA as a senior director in the shelter medicine services department.  Dr. Aziz is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice (only one of 35 in the country) through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.  She joined the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) in 2017 and is serving her second term as their Board President.   

Dr. Aziz is passionate about increasing access to veterinary care for all pet owners, advancing the well-being of animals and supporting shelters in helping their communities.  As a Bangladesh-American, she wasn’t raised with pets until her father was brought a dog home from work. The dog, Peechee (meaning tiny) changed the course of Chumkee’s life.   

Chumkee didn’t go to college with the goal of becoming a veterinarian but became aware of the field and veterinary specialty work as a result of a life-threatening illness suffered by Peechee.  While in college she worked as a park ranger.  Today, Dr. Aziz is changing the lives of shelter pets and shelter veterinarians everywhere.     

In her role as Board President of ASV she is advancing the field of shelter medicine.  The ASV is currently revising the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.   

Thank you to Dr. Chumkee Aziz for all she has done and continues to do on behalf of animals everywhere.   

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