AAFP past president Dr. Jane Brunt assumed the role of the 2008 AAFP spokesperson. Dr. Brunt is one of the leading feline practitioners in the United States, having practiced feline-exclusive medicine for more than twenty years. Her most recent feline initiative is CATalyst. She was the chair of the CATalyst Summit in February 2008 and was named the Executive Director of the CATalyst Council in July 2008.
In addition to her expertise in feline medicine, Dr. Brunt has a special interest in feline heartworm disease. Her practice philosophy of striving for excellence, providing compassionate care with empathy and courteous service while fostering the special bond has earned her accolades from her professional colleagues and her feline patients’ owners.
In 1984, only four years after finishing veterinary school at Kansas State University, Dr. Brunt founded Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT) in Baltimore, Maryland, the first feline-exclusive veterinary hospital in the state. Dr. Brunt opened a second practice, the Cat Hospital Eastern Shore in Cordova, Md., in June of 2002. Both hospitals became accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association in 2002.
Through her 23-year membership in the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Dr. Brunt has participated in the veterinary and public discourse of many feline issues. She became AAFP president in 2006. She served as president of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and has also participated extensively in American Animal Hospital Association leadership initiatives. She has served the Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association as a member, treasurer and delegate to the MVMA.
Dr. Brunt has co-authored articles in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS), and has been cited in several consumer print publications such as Cat Fancy and Cat Watch. She has appeared on radio and television to educate the public about numerous cat health issues.
Dr. Brunt has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association since 1975. She graduated cum laude from Kansas State University and received her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1980.