Our Roots

The Sierra Veterinary Medical Association was founded in 1960 by four California veterinarians, Drs. Mil Custer, Bob Miller, John Puckett, and Bob Stansbury. SVMA was the first organization of skiing veterinarians. Although often imitated in later years, no other group has ever matched the spirit, the professional camaraderie and the affection its members hold for one another.

Our Membership

The Sierra Veterinary Medical Association is led by a rotating board of respected and engaged veterinary professionals, serving a membership of approximately 100 veterinarians. Because we are a small and inclusive group, we are able to build a true sense of community, united around adventure, growth, and respect for each other. We believe, as our members can attest, that this is the most fun and rewarding veterinary organization in the industry!

Board of Directors

Dr. Mark Howard and Jane Stoltzfus


Dr. Barbara Monaghan

President Elect

Dr. Beth Jamison and Dr. Jeff Jamison

Vice Presidents Elect

Dr. Melanie Curtis

2nd Vice President Elect

Stephanie Adamson

Executive Director

“Life is like skiing. Just like skiing, the goal is not to get to the bottom of the hill. It’s to have a bunch of good runs before the sun sets.”

— Seth Godin