July 01, 2006


 AVMA names two new division directors

By R. Scott Nolen
Posted June 15, 2006

The AVMA has promoted Drs. Elizabeth Curry-Galvin and Mark Lutschaunig to head the Scientific Activities and Governmental Relations divisions, respectively. Both veterinarians had been serving as interim division directors.


The May 26 announcement follows the promotions earlier that month of Drs. Lyle Vogel and Gail Golab to the AVMA's new Animal Welfare Division (see JAVMA, June 1, 2006).

Dr. Curry-Galvin has been with the AVMA since June 1996, when she was hired as assistant director in the Scientific Activities Division. She is staff consultant to the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee and has represented the AVMA before government agencies and related professional, scientific, and industry groups.

"I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to serve the AVMA and its members in this new position," Dr. Curry-Galvin said. "As director, I plan to nurture the division's momentum in science-based policy development and implementation."

Prior to joining the AVMA, Dr. Curry-Galvin served as technical services veterinarian for Sandoz Agro in Des Plaines, Ill., and worked at a small animal practice in Palatine, Ill. She received her DVM degree from the University of Illinois, where she graduated in 1988 as class valedictorian.

AVMA executive vice president, Dr. Bruce W. Little, expressed confidence in Dr. Curry-Galvin's selection. "As an integral member of the Scientific Activities Division, which oversees development of science-based policy in the areas of public health, regulatory veterinary medicine, animal agriculture, pharmaceuticals, biologics, aquaculture, environmental health, disaster and emergency preparedness and response, and others, Dr. Curry-Galvin is uniquely qualified to serve as the division's director," Dr. Little said.

Dr. Little expressed similar enthusiasm for Dr. Lutschaunig. "Dr. Lutschaunig has been an excellent advocate for the profession, and possesses strong leadership skills, which will serve us well in his new capacity," he said. "His qualifications will enable us to build on our past legislative and regulatory successes and take us to the next level, ensuring that our members are well-served and represented in D.C."

Dr. Lutschaunig was hired as an assistant director at the AVMA GRD in September 2003. He has worked on animal welfare laws for the AVMA and has played a key role in the Association's legislative efforts regarding animal welfare, the human-animal bond, aquaculture, the environment, pesticides, zoo animals, and wildlife.

As director, Dr. Lutschaunig will oversee a staff of seven in Washington, D.C., advocating the AVMA's policies and positions on federal legislative and regulatory issues that influence animal and human health and advance the veterinary profession.

"I am honored to have been chosen to lead the AVMA's Governmental Relations Division, and look forward to working with our members and AVMA staff to advance the AVMA's legislative and regulatory agenda in Washington, D.C.," Dr. Lutschaunig said. "The veterinary profession is highly respected in Washington, and I am confident that we will continue to be a strong presence in our nation's capital."

Dr. Lutschaunig received his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA degree from DeSales University. After graduation, he worked in clinical practice in New Jersey and Virginia before joining ALPO Petfoods as manager of its animal nutrition research center. Prior to joining the GRD, Dr. Lutschaunig spent the past six years as manager of professional communications at the Nestle Purina PetCare Company in St. Louis.