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Scott Willens for Westminster City Council

Introducing Scott Willens

Candidate for Westminster City Council

In addition to sharing my stance on legislative matters, I feel as though it is important to share my background and experiences as I prepare to serve you, the citizens of Carroll County, MD. Below, I have listed my education and work experience, as well as professional certifications and memberships. 


  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (DACVPM), 2013

  • Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth (correspondence), 2009-2011

  • PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology), North Carolina State University, 1999-2005

  • Veterinary Internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine and Research, Mystic Aquarium, 1998-1999

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), University of Minnesota, 1992-1996

  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Rutgers University, 1988-1992


Work Experience

  • Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired), 2002-2022

    • Director, Research Programs Office, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD, 2019-2022

    • Chief of Operations and Plans (S3), U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, APG, MD, 2018-2019

    • Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research, Ft. Detrick, MD, 2015-2018

    • Co-executive Secretary, Defense Science Board Task Force on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, Pentagon, 2014-2016

    • Deputy Director of Medical Programs, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense, Pentagon, 2014-2015

    • Deputy Chief, Analytical Toxicology Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, APG, MD, 2011-2014

    • Deputy Director for Grants Management, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Ft. Detrick, MD 2010-2011

    • Chief Department of Research Support, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick MD 2007-2010

    • Veterinary Advisor, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Babil, Iraq, 2007

    • Chief, Neurobehavioral Toxicology Branch, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, APG, MD, 2004-2007

    • Student Detachment, North Carolina State University, 2002-2004

  • Owner, Neighborhood Veterinary Associates, Clarksburg, MD, 2016-present

  • Associate Veterinarian, Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital, Gambrills, MD, 2014-present

  • Relief Veterinarian, Banfield Pet Hospital, NC/MD, 1999-2013

  • Relief Veterinarian, Avian and Exotic Animal Care, Raleigh, NC, 2000-2004

  • Associate Veterinarian, Bergenfield Animal Clinic, Bergenfield, NJ, 1997-1998

  • Assistant Director, North Bergen Animal Hospital, North Bergen, NJ 1996-1997


Professional Certifications

  • Maryland (2004) and California (1996) Veterinary Licenses

  • National Veterinary Accreditation, Category II

  • Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician, Plum Island, NY, 2013

  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certifications:

    • Science & Technology Management

    • Program Management

    • Test & Evaluation


Professional Memberships

  • American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM)

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

  • International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM)

  • American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV)

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Westminster Post 467, Lifetime Member

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