On March 15, Dr. Janver D. Krehbiel of Mason, Mich., was elected District V representative to the AVMA Executive Board. He and Dr. Jeffrey F. Powers of Peck, Mich., were vying for the seat currently held by Dr. James O. Cook, whose term ends this July. District V comprises Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.
"This profession has been very good to me, and I feel like I have a responsibility to give back. This is an opportunity to do that," Dr. Krehbiel said. "The network of colleagues I've become acquainted with over the past several years will help me be effective in working with the board and with our profession."
Dr. Krehbiel is a professor in the Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation Department at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is director of International Programs and previously served as senior associate dean for administration and associate dean for academic affairs at the college.
A 1962 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Krehbiel is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
For years, Dr. Krehbiel has had an ongoing interest in organized veterinary medicine. He is a former president of the Michigan VMA and was a member of the AVMA Council on Education and Committee on Veterinary Medical Informatics, which he chaired. Dr. Krehbiel also chaired the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Now, he's ready to help shape the AVMA's agenda. "Being involved with the AVMA for a decade, I've learned some things about it," he said. Dr. Krehbiel identified three areas he believes the AVMA should be involved in to further advance veterinary medicine: communications, public relations, and education.
"We need to talk to one another, inside and outside the profession," he explained. "We need to tell people who we are and what we can do. This is essential for people to understand that veterinarians have many skills and capabilities, and we need to share our expertise and work with people as full-fledged members of the allied health professions.
"Veterinarians have a responsibility to society in addressing some of the needs of food animal medicine, public health, and practice specialization. We need to look critically at how we meet this challenge, and how we prepare our young graduates to serve society."