Theodore J. Cohn, DVM

AVMA Immediate Past President 2015-2016

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Theodore (Ted) Cohn has devoted more than thirty-five years of service to the people and animals of Colorado and the veterinary medical profession. Since graduating from Tuskegee University in 1975 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Ted has distinguished himself as a veterinarian in Colorado and a leader, both locally and nationally. 

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Cohn attended the University of Colorado and then University of Arkansas at Little Rock in pursuit of his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. After achieving his veterinary degree, Dr. Cohn completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. More recently, Dr. Cohn graduated from the certification course in veterinary acupuncture at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.
Dr. Cohn began his career in private practice as an associate veterinarian at Aspenwood Animal Hospital, where he worked from 1976 to 1983. Next, he took a position at University Hills Animal Hospital, where he has been a partner and hospital director since 1985. From 1983 to 1988, Dr. Cohn also served as a consulting veterinarian for the Denver Zoological Gardens.

Dr. Cohn was named Western Region Practitioner of the Year in 1997 by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), an organization with which he has been active for over thirty-five years. He served on the AAHA leadership council from 1996 to 2008 and as an AAHA media spokesperson.
Prior to his election to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board, Dr. Cohn served on and chaired several AVMA task forces, committees, and subcommittees, and he spent seven years in the AVMA House of Delegates, representing Colorado veterinarians. During his tenure on the Executive Board (2006-12), Dr. Cohn served in many different positions, including in his final two years, as vice-chair and then chair of the Board. While serving on the Executive Board, he chaired the Insurance Liaison Committee, the Task Force on Strategic Planning and the Economic Vision Steering Committee. Dr. Cohn was also the vice chair of the Task Force on Future Roles and Expectations.
Dr. Cohn has been a leader in veterinary medicine from the time of his veterinary school days, when he represented Tuskegee in the Student AVMA’s (SAVMA) House of Delegates. He has served as the president of both the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (DAVMS) (1986-1987) and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) (1996-1997). Dr. Cohn was honored as the recipient of the CVMA President's Award in both 2003 and 2012 and was named as the Colorado Veterinarian of the Year for 2006. In 2009, the Colorado Association of Veterinary Technicians honored him with their Technician Advocate Award. Most recently, Tuskegee University presented Dr. Cohn with their Distinguished Alumnus Award, in 2013.
For many years, Dr. Cohn served on the Dean's Advisory Council at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is a long-standing member of numerous professional organizations, including the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Amphibian and Reptile Veterinarians, and the Association of Veterinary Informatics. He served for six years on the Board of Directors for the Animal Assistance Foundation (the last two years of which, as the Foundation’s treasurer), a group that actively supports through grant making, improvement of animal welfare, in the state of Colorado.
Dr. Cohn has been married to his wife Becky, since 1970. Becky runs her own business and has been an active member of the Colorado VMA Auxiliary for many years. The Cohn’s have two grown daughters, Corinne and Jen and while currently between dogs, they enjoy living with a noisy 30-year-old parrot and a very spoiled cat.