Julie Parks, DVM
Northwood Hills Animal Hospital
Phillip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS
Mississippi State University
Phil Bushby is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Phil is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who served on the faculty at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years. Although he recently retired from Miss State he still holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State University and works at the College part-time. His primary focus has been spay/neuter taking junior and senior veterinary students to animal shelters in north Mississippi providing basic wellness care and spay-neuter services for animals eligible for adoption for over 20 years. The services significantly increases the adoption rates at the participating shelters, provides the students with an exceptional surgery experience and sensitizes the students to the plight of animals in shelters. His program was honored five years ago to be a featured display in the Smithsonian Institute’s folk-life festival in Washington DC.
Dr. Bushby’s interest in shelter medicine and spay-neuter dates back to his internship and surgical residency at the Henry Bergh Memorial Hospital of the ASPCA in New York City. He states that his primary goal is to make sure that the next generation of veterinarians understands the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats and recognizes their role in assisting in addressing the problem.
Dr. Bushby serves on the Board of PetSmart Charities, Inc., Mississippi Spay and Neuter and previously served on the Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. He is a member of the organizing committee for the specialty board in shelter medicine and received the ASPCA’s Henry Berg Award in 2008, the AVMA’s national Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015.
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Elaine Adair, Former President & Founder
Retired US Air Force, Lockheed Martin
Elaine Adair was the founder and President of Mississippi Spay and Neuter (MS SPAN) and Vice President of Operations for MS SPAN's delivery systems: Big Fix Clinic, transport and targeted voucher programs as well as the statewide referral program to other clinics and voucher programs.
She had in depth knowledge about the intricacies of running high-volume spay/neuter clinics as well as first-hand experience in coalition-building with Mississippi SPAN. She was been a consultant for establishing non-profit animal organizations and for administrative processes and services. In 2016, she with two other animal welfare advocates founded a 501(C)(6) non-profit group called AAIM. The Board of Directors was involved in promoting animal-related initiatives that engage in educational activities, advancing laws, ordinances, and policies in support of political subdivisions and non-profit organizations involved in animal welfare and protection emphasizing the welfare of dogs and cats in Mississippi as well as the following.
Ms. Adair also had a background in the administrative support necessary for needs assessment, organizational development, and strategic planning that extended over a 20-year profession starting with the United States Air Force and ending with an early retirement from Lockheed Martin Corporation and the Air National Guard.
She graduated with Distinction from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Distributive Studies: Communication, Theatre, English and Psychology and from Southern College of Technology in Georgia with a Master’s Degree in Technical and Professional Communication. In 2012, she and her husband and their precious pets including 4 feral cats who all survived the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and moved back to Gulfport after living in Vicksburg for 4 years.