About the Author

Dr. McAllister leads the veterinary function of Mars Veterinary Health and is driven by her passion for preventive pet healthcare and the development of future veterinary leaders. As chief medical officer, she ensures the culture, strategy, talent, and tools are in place to consistently deliver excellence in high-quality medicine across Mars Veterinary Health’s 3,000 global veterinary clinics. Her top priorities are to continually advance medical quality across the organization to promote inclusive health and wellbeing for veterinary professionals and to advance a future for the veterinary profession that centers on the human-animal bond. Dr. McAllister is the board president for the Diversify Veterinary Medicine Coalition (DVMC), which aims to increase representation for Black, Indigenous and people of color in the veterinary industry. She serves as the board secretary for the Human Animal Bond Association and is a board member of the Veterinary Innovation Council, along with the Washington State University Dean’s Leadership Council. Dr. McAllister resides in SW Washington with her two children and pets.

Updated April 2024