September 01, 2005


 HOD gives Carlson a second term as vice president

Posted August 15, 2005


Dr. René A. CarlsonThe AVMA House of Delegates has given Dr. René A. Carlson a second term as AVMA vice president. Dr. Carlson of Chetek, Wis., was unopposed in her reelection bid and elected by unanimous consent July 16 in Minneapolis.

As the AVMA vice president, Dr. Carlson is the Association's ambassador to veterinary students and administrators.

Wisconsin delegate Dr. Jerry A. Quilling nominated Dr. Carlson on behalf of his state veterinary medical association. He described as her "passionate, enthusiastic, dedicated, visionary, effervescent, and an effective communicator. She has used these traits during her first term to the benefit of veterinary students as she emphasizes that human relations skills are as important as knowledge in becoming a successful veterinarian.

"With that kind of passion after 25 years of practice," Dr. Quilling asked, "what better role model could we give to future members of our profession?"

Student AVMA delegate Travis McDermott and Uniformed Services of the United States alternate delegate Dr. William Stokes seconded her nomination.

Dr. Carlson said she will spend her second term emphasizing the importance of mentorship and the value of the Veterinary Leadership Experience as a means of giving veterinary students personal skills for being successful in life and practice.

A 1978 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Carlson owns a three-veterinarian companion animal practice in Chetek.

Her record of leadership within the AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and Wisconsin VMA testify to the importance she places on organized veterinary medicine, and she tries to instill the same sense of value in future veterinarians.

Dr. Carlson has served as president of the Wisconsin VMA and represented the state's veterinarians in the HOD for eight years, first as alternate delegate and then as delegate. As AVMA vice president, she has a vote on the Executive Board.