Dr. Lyle P. Vogel was elected by the AVMA Executive Board Nov. 15 as the Association's assistant executive vice president. Dr. Vogel had been serving in an interim capacity since August when Executive Vice President W. Ron DeHaven appointed him to the position after Dr. Janet D. Donlin resigned to work for Hill's Pet Nutrition.
"Serving the AVMA in this new role is a challenge I'm excited about. I will draw on my experiences with the AVMA over the past 14 years to help Dr. DeHaven, other AVMA staff, and the AVMA leadership as we move forward to address the critical issues facing the profession," Dr. Vogel said.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Vogel had been serving as the first director of the newly formed Animal Welfare Division, since May 2006. After 26 years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps as a food safety and public health specialist, Dr. Vogel began his career at the AVMA in 1993 as an assistant director of the Membership and Field Services Division. He was later named the first director of the new Scientific Activities Division, a position he held for a decade.
As head of the Animal Welfare Division, Dr. Vogel implemented the new division and provided staff support to the Animal Welfare Committee and Committee on the Human-Animal Bond. With the Scientific Activities Division, he gave staff support to the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, Food Safety Advisory Committee, and Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee. Through his service on the Animal Welfare Governance Task Force, he helped redesign the Animal Welfare Committee to meet the needs of the AVMA strategic goal on animal welfare.
Dr. Vogel has participated in several World Health Organization expert consultations on antimicrobial resistance and is a member of the World Organization for Animal Health's (OIE) Ad Hoc Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. He provided a focal point within the AVMA for issues of antimicrobial resistance.
A 1967 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Vogel is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and has won many awards, including the AVMA President's Award and a special citation from the Food and Drug Administration commissioner in the area of combating antimicrobial resistance. The U.S. Army surgeon general has also honored Dr. Vogel for his expertise in veterinary public health.
"Dr. Vogel brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and common sense to the job," Dr. DeHaven said. "The AVMA is truly fortunate to have Dr. Vogel as assistant executive vice president, and I have no doubt that he will continue to serve the Association and our members well."