Among his first official acts as the new AVMA executive vice president, Dr. W. Ron DeHaven announced Aug. 16 that he has named the Animal Welfare Division director, Dr. Lyle P. Vogel, as interim assistant executive vice president. Additionally, he has tapped Dr. Gail C. Golab, associate director of the welfare division, as its interim director.
"I am extremely pleased that Drs. Vogel and Golab have accepted these new challenges," Dr. DeHaven wrote in a staff-wide e-mail.
Dr. Vogel joined the AVMA staff in 1993 after 26 years as a food safety and public health specialist with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Vogel began his career at the AVMA as assistant director in the Membership and Field Services Division and later served as director of the Scientific Activities Division for 10 years. In May 2006, Dr. Vogel was named director of the Animal Welfare Division.
"I appreciate the trust that has been given to me by Dr. DeHaven. I look forward to serving the association and the association's membership in this new role," Dr. Vogel said.
In the Animal Welfare Division, Dr. Vogel provided staff support to the Animal Welfare Committee and Committee on the Human-Animal Bond. Previously in the Scientific Activities Division, he provided staff support to the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, Food Safety Advisory Committee, and Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee, and served on the Animal Welfare Governance Task Force. He has participated in several meetings of the World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Dr. Golab has more than two decades of experience dealing with animal welfare issues. She joined the AVMA in 1995 as an assistant editor in the Publications Division. After moving to the Education and Research Division as an assistant director in 1998, she joined the Communications Division in 2001, and in 2006 was named associate director of the Animal Welfare Division.
"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve as interim director of the AVMA's Animal Welfare Division, and look forward to building upon and expanding the programs that have already been initiated under Dr. Vogel's very capable leadership," Dr. Golab said.
Dr. Golab is staff consultant to the Animal Welfare Committee and Committee on the Human-Animal Bond. She served on the Animal Welfare Governance Task Force and was staff consultant to the Task Force on the Housing of Pregnant Sows and Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. Additionally, Dr. Golab serves on a number of animal welfare-related national scientific advisory committees.