By special election, AVMA members in District I have chosen Dr. Douglas G. Aspros of White Plains, N.Y. to represent them on the Executive Board. District I comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Dr. Aspros won a mail ballot election for the District I board seat vacated by the resignation of Dr. Guy L. Pidgeon. Dr. Aspros will complete the unexpired term ending in 2010. His opponent was Dr. Thomas C. Candee, Amesbury, Mass.
Attending his first board meeting, in June, he said, "AVMA is the premier organization in our great profession, and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the Executive Board. In the next four years, I want to play a role in increasing the transparency of our actions and policies at AVMA. I would also like to see the management of our volunteer leadership become more contemporary and efficient; if we can do that, it will make these leadership roles accessible to a wider and increasingly more diverse membership."
Dr. Aspros has practiced small animal medicine in Westchester, N.Y., since his 1975 graduation from Cornell University. The American Animal Hospital Association honored him as Northeast Region Practitioner of the Year in 1999.
Committed to veterinary education, he chaired the AVMA Council on Education this past year and represented the COE on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners from 2001-2005. He has served on Cornell's College Advisory Board and the Cornell Council. In April, he chaired an education-focused meeting of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe.
"Education is the foundation of our profession and is the foundry of our future professionals," he said.
According to Dr. Aspros, his proudest accomplishment was initiating the New York State Veterinary Medical Society's Leaders 2000, a program to engage and mentor young professionals to take on leadership roles in organized veterinary medicine. In the NYSVMS, Dr. Aspros has served as president, treasurer, two-term board member, and committee chair. The society honored him as 2000 Veterinarian of the Year.
Dr. Aspros was the first veterinarian in New York appointed president of a county board of health, and he received the National Association of Local Boards of Health Award.