March 15, 2007



Posted March 1, 2007



The Southern California VMA has announced its officers for 2007.

Dr. Diane R. Craig (CAL '83) is the new president. She owns Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Tustin and is one of the founders of Advanced Veterinary Specialty Group. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Dayna Wiedenkeller (COR '88), the vice president for 2007, practices at Community Veterinary Hospital in Garden Grove. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Tae S. Kwon (SNU '77), the new treasurer, owns Valley Lyons Pet Hospital in Newhall. He is a past president of the Korean Veterinary Society of America.

The Académie Vétérinaire de France has awarded the Alexandre Liautard prize for an outstanding non-French veterinary book to the second edition of "Bovine Surgery and Lameness." The lead author is Dr. A. David Weaver (EDN '55), emeritus professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Liautard (1835-1918) graduated from the Toulouse veterinary school, emigrated to the United States, and founded the American Veterinary College in New York. He founded the United States Veterinary Medical Association, which became the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Review, which became the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Janet D. Donlin, AVMA assistant executive vice president, has earned the American Society of Association Executives' Certified Association Executive credential—the highest professional credential in the association industry, announced the AVMA in February. Fewer than 5 percent of association professionals have earned the CAE.

Dr. Donlin joined the AVMA staff in 1991 as assistant director of the Scientific Activities Division and was appointed to her current position by the Executive Board in June 2004.

A Certified Association Executive must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 75 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.

Dr. Donlin earned her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 1981. She has worked as a companion animal practitioner and also served as the director of veterinary technology programs at the Medical Institute of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota in Waseca.