Dr. Joseph Kinnarney, DVM

​AVMA President-Elect 2014-2015

AVMA Officers
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Joseph H. Kinnarney is a mixed animal practitioner in Reidsville, N.C. and president of the Reidsville Veterinary Hospital.  Dr. Kinnarney has been a North Carolina resident since he graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He served as the District lll representative on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Executive Board from 2007-2013 representing veterinarians in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Dr. Kinnarney's interest in taking a leadership role in his profession started while he was studying at Cornell. He was the president of the Cornell Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) chapter and president of the national SAVMA. During his time as the national SAVMA president (1979-1980), SAVMA didn't have a vote on the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD). During his service as North Carolina's alternative delegate on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates (HOD) from 1990-1999, he worked to help secure a HOD vote for SAVMA.

In 1999, Dr. Kinnarney began serving the first of two terms as AVMA vice president during which time he served as a liaison with veterinary students and recent graduates. He has also served as vice president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association from 2001-2007, and was 1991 North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Kinnarney served as North Carolina's delegate to the AVMA HOD. He was named North Carolina distinguished veterinarian in 2006.

Dr. Kinnarney's love of animals is not restricted to his work as a veterinarian or in service to the AVMA. He has also made headlines for his other interests, which include raising and showing purebred Arabian horses, purebred miniature schnauzers and Scottish terriers. In 1995, a Scottish terrier Dr. Kinnarney co-owned won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dr. Kinnarney is also active in his local Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, the Annie Penn Memorial Hospital and church. Dr. Kinnarney has two sons, Joseph William and Jeffrey Patrick.