Dr. David M. Ylander

Candidate: District VII Director

Dr. David M. Ylander Dr. David M. Ylander received his DVM degree from Kansas State University in 1983. He has been in private mixed-animal clinical practice for the past 35 years with an emphasis on companion animals and equine medicine and surgery. Dr. Ylander has practiced as an associate, solo practitioner and currently as a partner in a four-doctor mixed-animal clinic in Alliance, Nebraska. He has been a practice owner for 32 of the 35 years.

Dr. Ylander has been actively involved in organized veterinary medicine since shortly after graduation. He is an active member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association serving on the Continuing Education and Legislative committees. He moved up through the officer positions and served as association president in 2004. He currently sits on the NVMA Board of Directors as the alternate delegate for Nebraska in the AVMA House of Delegates. He served on the prescription drug monitoring (PDMP) legislative task force, helping to limit the impact on Nebraska veterinarians to reporting only schedule 2 – 5 controlled drugs. Dr. Ylander chaired the NVMA Bylaws revision task force, which completed its work in December 2017. Dr. Ylander has also served as president and vice president of his local NVMA district and currently serves as NVMA District VII's secretary.

Dr. Ylander was an active member of the Nebraska Academy for Veterinary Medicine while practicing in eastern Nebraska. He served on the Board of Directors, becoming an officer and president of the Academy.

Dr. Ylander was appointed to the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, serving two terms. He served as board chair during most of his tenure. He was actively involved in the licensure of veterinary technicians in Nebraska, helping to write rules and regulations governing licensed technicians and unlicensed assistants. He was an advocate for collaborative practice between licensed veterinarians and human health care providers resulting in a change in the Nebraska practice act allowing for such activity. He was actively involved in the creation of licensure for animal therapists under Board supervision in Nebraska.

Through his tenure on the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Ylander became involved in the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. He served on the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee and as its chairman. He was elected to the AAVSB Board of Directors, serving two terms. Dr. Ylander was then elected to the officer positions and served as president of the association. He currently remains involved as an affiliate member.

Dr. Ylander has been actively involved in AVMA governance for the past 12 years. He has served in the House of Delegates as both the alternate and delegate for Nebraska. Dr. Ylander was first elected to the House Advisory Committee in 2013 and elected to a second term in 2016. Dr. Ylander has served as chair for five of the seven reference committees in the HOD. He served as the HAC chair during the 2016 – 17 HOD year. As the HAC chair, he served as a non-voting member on the AVMA Board of Directors. He has served on the Budget and Finance Review Committee and the Future Leaders Selection Committee.

In addition to the life-long membership in both the NVMA and AVMA, Dr. Ylander is a member of the Larimar County Colorado VMA. He also maintains membership in the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Ylander completed the Zoetis PeopleFirst Leadership Certification program in 2016

Dr. Ylander completed certification in medical acupuncture for veterinarians in 2008. Since then, he has worked with the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and the CURACORE Integrative Medicine and Education Center as an instructor to teach acupuncture to interested veterinarians and veterinary students.

Dr. Ylander continues to be actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 216 in Alliance. He has served as scoutmaster, committee chair and a merit badge counselor during his scouting career. He has completed Wood Badge Adult Leader training and earned numerous awards, including the Eagle Scout rank, both as a boy and adult member.

Dr. Ylander has been a Rotarian and served as president of the Geneva, Nebraska club. He served as an assistant district governor while living in eastern Nebraska. He has been recognized as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Dr. Ylander was actively involved with the Geneva, Nebraska Volunteer Rescue Squad. He served as a crew captain and taught CPR to squad members. He obtained his EMT-AD certification while in Geneva. He also worked with the American Red Cross as an instructor for First Aid and CPR in addition to serving as a board member of the local chapters in Geneva and Alliance.

Dr. Ylander and his wife, Kathy, have actively involved in St. John's United Lutheran Church in Alliance. Dr. Ylander served two terms as church council president. He served on the Columbarium Board and as an usher for church services.

Dr. Ylander and Kathy have been married for 38 years. Together they have raised four children and now have six grandchildren. They enjoy camping, hiking, cycling, walking their two dogs and photography.


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Dr. Ylander—Statement of Reason for Seeking Office

Being involved in organized veterinary medicine, first at the state and local level, then at the regional and national level, has allowed me the opportunity to give back to the profession over the past 35 years. I want to continue working to promote a spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness within our diverse profession for the betterment of all.

Having been a part of the AVMA governance for the past 12 years through involvement in the House of Delegates, the House Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors as HAC chair, has given me the opportunity to witness the many issues facing our profession and how the inclusiveness of organized veterinary medicine can work together to seek solutions to those challenges.

I want to use my experience gained from leadership positions in organized and regulatory veterinary medicine to advocate on behalf of all those members of the veterinary profession—veterinarians, technicians, assistants and office staff within District 7 by serving their interests as an active and engaged participant on the AVMA Board of Directors.

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