As a District I Director candidate, I offer nearly two decades of successful state, regional and national leadership, as well as a track record of advocacy, innovation and mentorship, to serve AVMA. A 30-year member, my vision of AVMA is one squarely focused on the priorities members have indicated are important to them, especially advocacy and member services. If elected, I will proudly represent all District I veterinarians.
I believe veterinary medical associations should serve as instruments of the Veterinarian’s Oath, performing service to society to benefit people and animals, as well as veterinarians. Passionate students and young graduates seek opportunities to serve, as well as to benefit from their profession, and AVMA is positioned to channel that passion, while furthering the advocacy essential to protecting our profession. Advocacy and public outreach are parallel paths with a common goal: to provide member benefit as well as public service, and strengthen our member relationships and the grass roots essential to effective advocacy.
I have had the honor of serving as president of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, New England Veterinary Medical Association, Hartford County Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Alliance of State Animal & Agricultural Emergency Programs, a national organization supporting state disaster response planning and preparedness. I am also president of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF), a four-time recipient of competitive AVMF project grants, and innovated many of its programs.
For over 6 years I have served in the AVMA House of Delegates, chairing its Term Limits Subcommittee, and serve on the State Advocacy and Governance Performance Review Committees. I have attended AVMA Legislative Fly Ins in Washington DC, lobbying repeatedly on behalf of AVMA, and delivered testimony to the Connecticut legislature and federal agencies on issues of importance to veterinary medicine. I have also been a regular contributor to AVMF and the AVMA PAC, contributions I see as a duty of leadership. In 2008, my Connecticut colleagues honored me as Veterinarian-of-the-Year.
Since 1995, I have practiced at Canton Animal Hospital in Canton, Connecticut, having previously lived and worked in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. In 2011, I completed a Master of Public Health degree to gain a broader perspective of veterinary medicine and non-clinical professional alternatives. My thesis described a mechanism of disaster response for animals, CTSART, which is now one of several CVMF public outreach programs, and an integral part of disaster response in Connecticut. I am also a nationally certified emergency manager.
While veterinary medicine has changed dramatically during my career, I feel fortunate to have been involved as an innovator in service to our profession. As a petitioning candidate, I am humbled by the support of over 100 colleagues of all generations and backgrounds, including 9 CVMA past presidents. I would be honored if you would learn more about me from my campaign website: www.goldman4avma1.com.
As your District 1 Director, I will bring broad experience in leadership, innovation, advocacy, and mentorship in service to AVMA and District 1. I humbly ask for your vote. Thank you.