Gov. Bill Haslam appointed McKamey Animal Center Executive Director Karen Walsh to the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

For the next five years, Walsh, who also serves as the regional director for the Animal Control Association and as treasurer for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, will serve as a representative of the licensed veterinary medical technicians on the board.

The board, which consists of five licensed veterinarians, the state veterinarian, the director of health related boards and a member of the public, was created in 1905 to safeguard the health and safety of Tennesseans by ensuring the qualifications are met by all area vets.

The primary focus of board members is to grant licensure and interpret the laws, rules and regulations to determine appropriate standards of veterinary practice, as well as to investigate any allegations of violations.