Dr. Joseph Kinnarney, a companion animal practitioner at Reidsville Veterinary Hospital in Reidsville, N.C., is the president of the AVMA. He has been an active participant in organized veterinary medicine since serving as president of the student chapter of the AVMA at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he received his veterinary degree. He served on the AVMA House of Delegates for 17 years, spent two years as AVMA vice president, and was a member of the AVMA Executive Board for six years.
Kinnarney stated that focusing on economic issues facing the veterinary profession and communicating with the public about the important roles veterinarians play in society are two of his major focal points for his term as AVMA president. "Veterinarians from all walks of professional life, whether they work in companion animal medicine, food animal medicine, public health, food safety, biosecurity or research, bring much value to the American public," Kinnarney said, "there has never been a time in the history of the world that we have had so much knowledge and skill. We must use this knowledge and skill to grow all services of veterinary medicine to ensure both animal and human health."