AVMA Vice President Thomas R. Kendall speaks with a veterinary student.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. The adage paid off for Dr. Thomas R. Kendall of Sacramento, Calif., who was elected vice president for 2002-2003 by the AVMA House of Delegates July 13 during the Association's Annual Convention.
At the annual convention in Boston this past year, Dr. Kendall lost to Dr. Jack O. Walther in a bid for the vice presidency. Rather than seeking a second term as vice president, Dr. Walther ran successfully for 2002-2003 AVMA president-elect.
"I look forward to being the AVMA's official representative to the students," said Dr. Kendall with his wife, Dianne, at his side. "Our vitality and future are there, and I take this responsibility very seriously."
Dr. Kendall, a 1969 graduate of the Purdue University, is a certified veterinary practice manager who owns and co-owns several small animal practices. He is active in organized veterinary medicine and was president of the California VMA in 1997. He chaired the CVMA House of Delegates in 1979-1980 and served on the CVMA Board of Governors.
Delegates from California, Indiana, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians supported Dr. Kendall's nomination for the vice presidency.
When he nominated Dr. Kendall, California delegate, Dr. Michael P. Andrews pointed out that in the months since he had announced his candidacy at the annual convention in Salt Lake City in 2000, Dr. Kendall has attended every major Student AVMA event and all but one AVMA Executive Board meeting.
"[Dr. Kendall] understands how critical students are to the future of this profession," Dr. Andrews said.
AASV delegate, Dr. David P. Madsen said, "As an advocate for students, Tom has an alert and demonstrable passion to see that all of them, regardless of their professional intent, succeed at the highest level."
"It is clear," Dr. Madsen continued, "that there's only one goal that Tom has, and that's to ensure success for the next generation of veterinarians, and the generation after that."
Dr. Kendall looks forward to working with the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues as it creates modules to help students with practice and economic issues. He is also excited about the ongoing development of a practice management curriculum for veterinary colleges.
Dr. Kendall challenged delegates to reach out to veterinary students during their academic careers. "You will be very, very revitalized by that experience, I can personally attest to that," he said.