Dr. Rosemary J. LoGiudice in September was named director of the AVMA Membership and Field Services Division. She replaces J. Karl Wise, PhD, who was promoted to associate executive vice president earlier this year.
Dr. LoGiudice joined the AVMA staff in June 2001 as an assistant director in the Membership and Field Services Division. She previously owned an equine and small animal practice in Manhattan, Ill., as well as an equine and large animal practice in Joliet, Ill.
AVMA Executive Vice President Bruce W. Little stated, "Dr. LoGiudice brings a unique blend of talent and experience distinguished by her successful career in private clinical practice and leadership positions in organized veterinary medicine. In her new role, the AVMA will benefit from Dr. LoGiudice's energy and her communication and management skills as she champions the value of membership and delivers relevant member services."
Veterinary students have been Dr. LoGiudice's focus as assistant director, specifically, their recruitment and retention as members of the Student AVMA and student chapters of the AVMA, or SCAVMAs. Until her successor is hired, she will continue the responsibilities she had as assistant director and SAVMA adviser while assuming her new ones as director.
Dr. LoGiudice has made annual visits to the student chapters at the U.S. and Canadian veterinary schools and colleges, as well as to the Caribbean associates, offering career advice to the students and advising them and their faculty advisers on AVMA, SAVMA, and student chapter and associate matters.
The results of her efforts have been gratifying. "In the past few years," Dr. LoGiudice said, "the students seem more excited about being involved in SAVMA and in their student chapters. There seems to be a more comprehensive understanding of the scope of activities of the AVMA, the SAVMA, and the SCAVMAs. This is translating into increased interest, participation, and membership in all three."
Besides her work on student issues, Dr. LoGiudice serves as staff consultant to the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service and the Model Mentoring Task Force.
A 1981 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. LoGiudice has long participated in organized veterinary medicine. She served as president of the Illinois State VMA from 2001-2002, and from 1993-1995 she chaired the ISVMA board of directors.
Dr. LoGiudice is excited and honored by the promotion. "As a veterinarian who has been active in organized veterinary medicine throughout my career, I believe this is a perfect opportunity to let all veterinarians in our country know how important it is for all of us to belong to the AVMA and have our voices be heard as one, to keep our profession strong and proactive."