Two longtime members look forward to new leadership roles
Dr. Larry M. Kornegay and Dr. David L. McCrystle have been elected to serve on the AVMA Executive Board. Drs. Kornegay and McCrystle will each serve a term of six years, beginning in July.
Dr. Kornegay (TEX '71) of Houston has been elected District VIII representative. District VIII comprises Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Dr. Kornegay is a trustee of the AVMA PLIT and was chair of group one of the former AVMA Organizational Audit Task Force. In addition to owning a small animal practice, Dr. Kornegay is president of the North Harris County Veterinary Emergency Clinic. He is a former president of the Texas VMA and the Harris County VMA.
Dr. Kornegay said he looks forward to joining the board. "The profession has been good to me, and I hope to give something back," he said. Dr. Kornegay gave kudos to Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver, who is the current District VIII representative, is seeking the office of AVMA president-elect in July.
"Following in the footsteps of Dr. Beaver is certainly a big challenge for me. My hat's off to her and the job she has done," he said. "She is relentless in her pursuit of the betterment of the profession, and she's been a role model to me."
Dr. McCrystle (CAL '67) of Healdsburg, Calif., has been elected District X representative. District X comprises Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. Dr. McCrystle, a mixed animal practice owner, is a past chair and current member of the AVMA House Advisory Committee, and has served on the Long Range Planning Committee. He also is the executive director of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and its alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates, and serves on the California VMA board of governors.
Dr. McCrystle said through his role as HAC chair, he had an opportunity to work closely with the Executive Board and was impressed by the work the board did.
"I think they've done an excellent job," he said. "I want to continue that."
Additionally, he hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the board through his involvement in the AASRP.
"I bring a little different outlook," Dr. McCrystle said.
Dr. McCrystle said he thinks some of the more difficult challenges facing the board are prioritizing goals, and planning for the future.
"We have to do what's best for the profession," he said. "What's good for us as veterinarians is good for animals and the people we serve."