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Dr. Michael Newman, DVM
District III AVMA Board of Directors Representative
Dr. Newman’s professional career began when he established Alabama Veterinary Surgery in Birmingham, AL in January, 1986 as the first private surgical referral practice in Alabama and one of five in the southeastern United States at that time. He built that practice in Birmingham for eight years and assisted in establishing a new veterinary emergency service in 1992.
In 1994 the practice was moved to Decatur, Alabama and expanded to a larger facility in 2006. At that time the hospital’s name was changed to Veterinary Regional Referral Hospital, PC and the real estate of the practice to Veterinary Development, LLC. It presently employs 40 people including three emergency doctors and a boarded veterinary surgeon. The practice serves some 250 veterinarians in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia for referral surgery and emergency services.
His education included a short stint at the University of Georgia followed by attainment of an undergraduate degree in zoology in 1975 from North Carolina State University. He earned his veterinary degree from Auburn University in 1980, completed an informal internship at Grady Veterinary Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio in the following two years, and completed his master’s degree and residency in surgery three years later also from Auburn University.
Dr. Newman’s interest in continuing education included five years as director of the Southeastern Veterinary Surgeon’s Conference in the mid 90’s, five years as president of the Alabama Academy of Veterinary Practitioners also in the late 90’s, assistance with continuing education programing for the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association until 2009, and development of the annual and ongoing Tennessee Valley Veterinary Conference in Florence, Alabama.
He has served in all positions of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association concluding with the presidency in 2008-2009. He has served as vice president on the original board of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation resigning in 2006. He fostered and was head of the Alabama Animal Hall of Fame for 4 years and during that time saw 12 animals duly inducted. He has been a member of both the Mid-State and Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Associations when he was in Birmingham, and is presently a member of the North Alabama and Madison County Veterinary Medical Associations. He represented the ALVMA at the accreditation site visit for the Snead State Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2001 and presently sits on the board of the Jefferson State Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program.
Dr. Newman was elected to the Council on Research for the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2003 for an unexpired 3 year term and was re-elected in 2006 for a full 6 year term. He has represented the AVMA on the National Research Council’s Workshop for “National Needs in Veterinary Science” in July, 2004. He participated in the Foresight meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) in Kansas City in 2006. He was a sponsor and member of the AAVMC’s NAVMEC meeting in Kansas City and Las Vegas in 2010. He represented AVMA to the ARS/NIFA workshop for research priorities in Baltimore in 2011, he presented to the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST) in Washington, DC, in 2011, and was a member representing the AVMA to the Farm Animal Integrated Research (FAIR) meeting in Arlington, VA in 2012. He is liaison for the AVMA to the Coalition for Farm and Agricultural Research (NCFAR) and is presently a member of that group.
He served the city of Decatur, Alabama as the vice president of the Board of Animal Services for seven years and has been actively involved with local and state political animal welfare and cruelty issues.
He has developed a strong interest in promoting basic, transitional, and one health research and careers in veterinary research. Research has been and will continue to be transformational to our profession and no one benefits more from research than practitioners who are eventually responsible for the application of knowledge acquired from research. Impending world human population and potential environmental changes are creating considerable prospects for veterinary services in animal food and food production and animal and human health far in excess of the present needs for veterinarians. For us to fulfill those needs, our education and educational models must rise to the opportunity through expansion or through a change in emphasis. Student financial constraints will not be met by cheapening education but rather by broadening job security and increasing job worth. Adequate education is critical to successfully integrate veterinarians into those altered or new professional requirements.
Dr. Newman is married to Jan Strother Newman and they live on a small farm with assorted cats, horses, donkeys, dogs, and birds.
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